stanchest

stanch

2 [stawnch, stahnch, stanch]
adjective, stancher, stanchest.

stanchly, adverb
stanchness, noun
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stanch or staunch (stɑːntʃ, stɔːntʃ)
 
vb
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
 
n
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
 
[C14: from Old French estanchier, from Vulgar Latin stanticāre (unattested) to cause to stand, from Latin stāre to stand, halt]
 
staunch or staunch
 
vb
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French estanchier, from Vulgar Latin stanticāre (unattested) to cause to stand, from Latin stāre to stand, halt]
 
'stanchable or staunch
 
adj
 
'staunchable or staunch
 
adj
 
'stancher or staunch
 
n
 
'stauncher or staunch
 
n

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stanch
"to stop the flow of" (esp. blood), c.1300, from O.Fr. estanchier "cause to cease flowing, stop, hinder," from V.L. *stancare, perhaps contracted from *stagnicare, from L. stagnum "pond, pool" (see stagnate).
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