Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
stanch 1(stônch, stänch, stănch) also staunch (stônch, stänch)
tr.v. stanched, stanch·ing, stanch·es also staunched or staunch·ing or staunch·es
1. To stop or check the flow of (blood or tears, for example).
2. To stop the flow of blood from (a wound).
3. To stop, check, or allay: "My anxiety is stanched; I am at peace" (Scott Turow). See Usage Note at staunch1.
[Middle English stanchen, from Old French estanchier, from Vulgar Latin *stanticāre, to stop, probably from Latin stāns, stant-, present participle of stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]
stanch 2(stônch, stänch, stănch)
Variant of staunch1.. See Usage Note at staunch1.
1. to stem the flow of (a liquid, esp blood) or (of a liquid) to stop flowing
2. to prevent the flow of a liquid, esp blood, from (a hole, wound, etc)
3. an archaic word for assuage
(Civil Engineering) a primitive form of lock in which boats are carried over shallow parts of a river in a rush of water released by the lock
[C14: from Old French estanchier, from Vulgar Latin stanticāre (unattested) to cause to stand, from Latin stāre to stand, halt]
ˈstanchable, ˈstaunchable adj
ˈstancher, ˈstauncher n
a variant spelling of staunch1
stanch1(stɔntʃ, stæntʃ, stɑntʃ)
1. to stop the flow of (a liquid, esp. blood).
2. to stop the flow of blood or other liquid from (a wound, leak, etc.).
3. to check or stem (an outflow): stanching the dollar drain.
4. Archaic. to allay or extinguish.v.i.
5. to stop flowing, as blood; be stanched.
[1275–1325; Middle English (v.) < Old French estanchier to close, stop, slake (thirst) < Vulgar Latin *stanticāre, derivative of Latin stant-; see stance]
stanch2(stɔntʃ, stɑntʃ, stæntʃ)
adj. -er, -est.
Past participle: stanched