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Friday, December 05, 2003

Definitions for stanch

  1. To stop the flowing of; to check in its course; also, to stop the flowing of blood from; as, "to stanch a wound."

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Citations for stanch
Out of the corner of my eye I can see one of Shiggy's daughters busy at the rear door with a mop and a mountain of napkins, furious activity, but not enough to stanch the flow of water seeping inexorably into the room. T. Coraghessan Boyle, A Friend of the Earth
Otherwise Stalin might have feared that President Harry Truman would stanch any North Korean invasion by threatening to use atomic weapons. John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America
Origin of stanch
1275-1325
Stanch is from Old French estancher, "to stop a liquid from flowing."