1. That which stanches or checks.
  2. A floodgate by which water is accumulated, for floating a boat over a shallow part of a stream by its release.


  1. To stop the flow of.
    A small amount of cotton can be stuffed into the nose to stanch the flow of blood if necessary.
  2. To cease, as the flowing of blood.
  3. To prop; to make stanch, or strong.
  4. To extinguish; to quench, as fire or thirst.


  1. Strong and tight; sound; firm.
    a stanch ship
  2. Firm in principle; constant and zealous; loyal; hearty; steadfast.
    a stanch churchman; a stanch friend or adherent
  3. Close; secret; private.

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