Definition for STANCH

STANCH, v.t. [Fr. etancher; Arm. stançoa; Sp. and Port. estancar, to stop, to stanch, to be overtired; It. stancare, to weary; Sp. and Port. estancia, a stay or dwelling for a time, an abode, and a stanza; Sp. estanco, a stop; hence, Fr. etang, a pond, and Eng. tank.]

In a general sense, to stop; to set or fix; but applied only to the -blood; to stop the flowing of blood. Cold applications to the neck will often stanch the bleeding of the nose. – Bacon.

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