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- (transitive) To stop the flow of.
- A small amount of cotton can be stuffed into the nose to stanch the flow of blood if necessary.
- Francis Bacon
- Iron or a stone laid to the neck doth stanch the bleeding of the nose.
- (transitive) To prop; to make stanch, or strong.
- His gathered sticks to stanch the wall / Of the snow tower when snow should fall.
- To extinguish; to quench, as fire or thirst.
stanch (plural stanches)
- That which stanches or checks.
- A floodgate by which water is accumulated, for floating a boat over a shallow part of a stream by its release.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)