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Main Entry: 1stanch
Pronunciation: 'stonch, 'stänch, 'stanch
Variant(s): or staunch /'stonch, 'stänch/
Function: transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English staunchen, from Anglo-French estancher, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *stanticare, from Latin stant-, stans, present participle
Date: 14th century
1 : to check or stop the flowing of <stanched her tears>; also : to stop the flow of blood from (a wound)
2 archaic : ALLAY, EXTINGUISH
3 a : to stop or check in its course <trying to stanch the crime wave> b : to make watertight : stop up
- stanch·er noun