• WordNet 3.6
    • v stanch stop the flow of a liquid "staunch the blood flow","stem the tide"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stanch A flood gate by which water is accumulated, for floating a boat over a shallow part of a stream by its release.
    • Stanch Close; secret; private. "This is to be kept stanch ."
    • Stanch Firm in principle; constant and zealous; loyal; hearty; steady; steadfast; as, a stanch churchman; a stanch friend or adherent. "In politics I hear you 're stanch ."
    • Stanch Strong and tight; sound; firm; as, a stanch ship. "One of the closets is parqueted with plain deal, set in diamond, exceeding stanch and pretty."
    • Stanch That which stanches or checks.
    • v. i Stanch To cease, as the flowing of blood. "Immediately her issue of blood stanched ."
    • Stanch To extinguish; to quench, as fire or thirst.
    • v. t Stanch To prop; to make stanch, or strong. "His gathered sticks to stanch the wall
      Of the snow tower when snow should fall."
    • Stanch To stop the flowing of, as blood; to check; also, to stop the flowing of blood from; as, to stanch a wound. "Iron or a stone laid to the neck doth stanch the bleeding of the nose."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stanch To cause to cease flowing; check the flow of.
    • stanch To stop a flow from; dry, as a wound, by the application of a styptic.
    • stanch To quench; allay; assuage.
    • stanch To free; relieve: with of.
    • stanch To stop flowing; be stanched.
    • stanch To stop; cease.
    • n stanch That which stanches; that which quenches or allays.
    • n stanch A flood-gate in a river for accumulating a head of water to float boats over shallows; a weir. See stank.
    • stanch Dry; free from water; water-tight; sound: said of a vessel.
    • stanch Strong; firm.
    • stanch Sound and trustworthy; true: applied to hounds with reference to their keeping the scent.
    • stanch Sound or firm in principle; loyal; hearty; trustworthy.
    • stanch Synonyms Stout, steadfast, resolute, stable, unwavering.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Stanch stänsh to stop the flowing of, as blood: to quench, allay
    • v.i Stanch (B.) to cease to flow
    • adj Stanch constant: trusty: zealous: sound, strong, firm
    • adj Stanch stänsh Same as Staunch.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. estanchier, F. étancher, to stop a liquid from flowing; akin to Pr., Sp., & Pg. estancar, It. stancare, to weary, LL. stancare, stagnare, to stanch, fr. L. stagnare, to be or make stagnant. See Stagnate


In literature:

She had fairly made room for him in her stanch, narrow New England heart.
"Young Lucretia and Other Stories" by Mary E. Wilkins
She's a stanch friend of yours.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
Hearts that bled are stanch'd with balm.
"The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886" by Ministry of Education
It did not take Bud long to extract the bullet and stanch the flow of blood, and Follansbee opened his eyes and looked about wildly.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
The old man's indignation was great, for he was a stanch friend of Columbus, and revered his memory.
"Amerigo Vespucci" by Frederick A. Ober
Abidan, trusty, stanch Abidan!
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
So he leaned forward again and gave his stanch heart to the task.
"Riders of the Silences" by John Frederick
If they were only as stanch in love as they can be in friendship!
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Seating him on the cart, she proceeded to stanch the bleeding with the edge of her gown.
"Earth's Enigmas" by Charles G. D. Roberts
It was as though for the first time she were trying to stanch a wound instead of widening it.
"Marriage à la mode" by Mrs. Humphry Ward

In poetry:

"O Little John," said Robin Hood,
"Meseemeth now to be
Standing with you so stanch and true
Under the greenwood tree.
"The Death Of Robin Hood" by Eugene Field
"I stanch with ice my burning breast,
With silence balm my whirling brain.
Oh, Brandan! to this hour of rest
That Joppan leper's ease was pain."—
"Saint Brandan" by Matthew Arnold
"Forse, qui dentro, in queste casse bianche
"Han chiuso qualche giovane d'allora,
"Che si tolse all'aurora
"Dalle mie braccia, colle membra stanche!
"Veritas, Vanitas!" by Ferdinando Fontana
Marie is stanch and true,
Willing to be my wife;
Swears she has eyes for two . . .
Aye, but it's long, is Life.
What is a lad to do
With his heart and his brain at strife?
"The Sightless Man" by Robert W Service
My own blood is what stanches
The wounds in my bark;
Stars caught in my branches
Make day of the dark,
And are worshipped as suns till the sunrise shall tread out their fires as a spark.
"Hertha" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Lo! from the tribunes on the bleachers comes a shout,
Beseeching bold Ansonius to line 'em out;
And as Apollo's flying chariot cleaves the sky,
So stanch Ansonius lifts the frightened ball on high.
"At The Ball Game" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

And a mayor unwilling or unable to stanch the bleeding.
The federal government on Thursday escalated its campaign to stanch the flow of what it says is dirty money to the Shiite militant group Hezbollah.
Bailout of Money Funds Seems to Stanch Outflow .
Nokia to Cut 10,000 Jobs as Elop Tries to Stanch Losses.
AOL revamps AIM in hopes of stanching user exodus.
VTA plan could stanch Caltrain cuts County agency may take on larger share of funding to keep local service.
We must stanch Cuba's coming crisis.
New system will help stanch the stink in the Gowanus.
Bailout of Money Funds Seems to Stanch Outflow.
Doctors in Alabama and Georgia hope the invention that stanches blood flow through the abdominal aorta will improve the care of lower-body wounds.
Since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20, BP has tried a number of techniques to stanch the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Republican lawmakers banned Planned Parenthood from the previous Women's Health Program — a joint state-federal endeavor — to stanch the flow of taxpayer dollars to clinics affiliated with the provider.
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez suffered bleeding during his cancer surgery in Cuba that required "corrective measures" to stanch the flow, his government said Thursday.
Ken Doctor has a good post over at Nieman Journalism Lab on the Walter Hussman Theorem, which is that you can stanch or even reverse the decline of your print paper by not giving it away free online.
Drill here and you stanch the hemorrhage.