• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Ganch To drop from a high place upon sharp stakes or hooks, as the Turks dropped malefactors, by way of punishment. "Ganching , which is to let fall from on high upon hooks, and there to hang until they die."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ganch To put to death by letting fall from a height upon hooks or sharp stakes, or by hanging on a hook thrust between the ribs or through the pectoral muscles, as is or has been done with malefactors in Oriental countries.
    • n ganch The punishment or torture of ganching.
    • ganch To make a snatch or snap at anything with open jaws, as a dog.
    • n ganch A snatch at anything with open jaws; a bite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Ganch ganch to impale
    • Ganch Also Gaunch
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. ganche, (n.), also Sp. & Pg. gancho, hook, It. gancio,