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[stawnch, stanch, stahnch] /stɔntʃ, stæntʃ, stɑntʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to stop the flow of (a liquid, especially blood).
2.
to stop the flow of blood or other liquid from (a wound, leak, etc.).
3.
Archaic. to check, allay, or extinguish.
verb (used without object)
4.
to stop flowing, as blood; be stanched.
noun
5.
Also called flash-lock, navigation weir. a lock that, after being partially emptied, is opened suddenly to send a boat over a shallow place with a rush of water.
Also, staunch.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English stanchen, staunchen (v.) < Old French estanchier to close, stop, slake (thirst) < Vulgar Latin *stanticāre, equivalent to Latin stant- (stem of stāns, present participle of stāre to stand) + -icāre causative suffix
Related forms
stanchable, adjective
stancher, noun
unstanchable, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stanchable

stanch

/stɑːntʃ/
verb
1.
to stem the flow of (a liquid, esp blood) or (of a liquid) to stop flowing
2.
to prevent the flow of a liquid, esp blood, from (a hole, wound, etc)
3.
an archaic word for assuage
noun
4.
a primitive form of lock in which boats are carried over shallow parts of a river in a rush of water released by the lock
Derived Forms
stanchable, staunchable, adjective
stancher, stauncher, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French estanchier, from Vulgar Latin stanticāre (unattested) to cause to stand, from Latin stāre to stand, halt
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Word Origin and History for stanchable

stanch

v.

"to stop the flow of" (especially of blood), c.1300, from Old French estanchier "cause to cease flowing, stop, hinder," from Vulgar Latin *stancare, perhaps contracted from *stagnicare, from Latin stagnum "pond, pool" (see stagnate).

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