Stanch

Definition of Stanch

Pronunciation: stånch
v. t.1.To stop the flowing of, as blood; to check; also, to stop the flowing of blood from; as, to stanch a wound.
[imp. & p. p. Stanched (ståncht); p. pr. & vb. n. Stanching.]
Iron or a stone laid to the neck doth stanch the bleeding of the nose.
- Bacon.
2.To extinguish; to quench, as fire or thirst.
v. i.1.To cease, as the flowing of blood.
Immediately her issue of blood stanched.
- Luke viii. 44.
n.1.That which stanches or checks.
2.A flood gate by which water is accumulated, for floating a boat over a shallow part of a stream by its release.
a.1.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.
- Evelyn.
2.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.
- Prior.
3.Close; secret; private.
This is to be kept stanch.
- Locke.
v. t.1.To prop; to make stanch, or strong.
His gathered sticks to stanch the wall
Of the snow tower when snow should fall.
- Emerson.

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