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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′er n.

stanch 2

 (stônch, stänch, stănch)
Variant of staunch1.. See Usage Note at staunch1.

staunch 1

 (stônch, stänch) also stanch (stônch, stänch, stănch)
adj. staunch·er, staunch·est also stanch·er or stanch·est
1. Firm and steadfast; loyal or true. See Synonyms at faithful.
2. Having a strong or substantial construction or constitution: "the staunch turrets of the fortified city walls" (Robert Rosenberg).

[Middle English staunche, from Anglo-Norman estaunche, from estaunchier, to stanch, variant of Old French estanchier; see stanch1.]

staunch′ly adv.
staunch′ness n.
Usage Note: Staunch is more common than stanch as the spelling of the adjective. Stanch is more common than staunch as the spelling of the verb.

staunch 2

 (stônch, stänch)
Variant of stanch1.
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