AskDefine | Define stanch

Dictionary Definition

stanch v : stop the flow of a liquid; "staunch the blood flow"; "them the tide" [syn: stem, staunch, halt]

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  1. To stop the flow of.
    A small ammount of cotton can be stuffed into the nose to stanch the flow of blood if necessary.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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