Main definitions of stanch in English

: stanch1stanch2

stanch1

(also staunch)

Pronunciation /stôn(t)SH//stän(t)SH/

verb

[WITH OBJECT]US
  • 1 Stop or restrict (a flow of blood) from a wound.

    ‘colleagues may have saved her life by stanching the flow’
    figurative ‘the company did nothing to stanch the tide of rumors’
    • ‘Many universities scaled back their distance education business plans to stanch the flow of red ink.’
    • ‘Spam has become such a menace to the Internet that the Federal Trade Commission should take swift steps to stanch the flow of bulk e-mail, three consumer groups said Wednesday.’
    • ‘His smaller arms clasped at the oozing wounds on his back to staunch the flow of blood.’
    • ‘Elizabeth was there already, trying to staunch the flow of blood from the wound in Carl's chest.’
    • ‘Bending double, he pressed one hand over the other, trying to staunch the hot flow of blood.’
    • ‘I was trying to staunch the flow of blood from his wound, which was a massive wound to his left forehead, and keep him from moving.’
    • ‘After the initial incisions are made, robotic arms wielding a tiny camera and surgical tools make the snips, stanch the blood flow, and sew up inside when all is done.’
    • ‘The master-thief put a hand to his wound again in a half-hearted attempt to staunch the blood flow.’
    • ‘I don't think, if the goal was to end his drop in the polls or at least staunch the flow from his wounds, that he accomplished it.’
    • ‘In the process of powerfully meeting the lively Hakan Yakin's free-kick he butted Choi Jin-cheul's head and both players needed lengthy treatment to stanch the flow of blood.’
    • ‘Paramedics said Mr Wardle would have died had it not been for the actions of a quick-thinking neighbour who staunched the flow of blood from a stab wound in his shoulder.’
    • ‘But few in Khartoum, including western diplomats and local human rights activists, are convinced that such a move would staunch the flow of either oil or blood.’
    • ‘Three years ago, in an effort to stanch the alarming flow of failed R&D projects, Pfizer dispatched 600 of its top scientists to determine why so many compounds flunked in clinical trials.’
    • ‘Russell scrubbed angrily at his cheeks, trying to staunch the flow of tears.’
    • ‘The hospital had been alerted and by the time we got there the doctor was already waiting outside for us and we went straight into the emergency room where they staunched the blood flow.’
    • ‘Bystanders staunched the flow of blood with towels and an apron.’
    • ‘Four were carrying a large white-swathed bundle, while the other four desperately attempted to staunch the flow of blood from various wounds.’
    • ‘After the physio had tried to staunch the flow of blood to the head wound, he called for an ambulance to get Abrazu into hospital.’
    • ‘Faithfully applied, the court's ruling may be helping to staunch the flow of questionable science.’
    • ‘She was dangerously close to a coma when the ambulance got there, but they managed to staunch the blood flow enough to move her to the hospital.’
    stem
    hold back, stop, halt, check, block, dam
    restrict, restrain, control, contain, curb, slow, lessen, reduce, diminish, retard
    stanch
    stay
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    1. 1.1 Stop the flow of blood from (a wound)
      • ‘With the tail of my t-shirt, I staunched the wound on my forehead, which I hadn't noticed until the blood dribbled into my eyes.’
      • ‘Running in with your guns blazing will only leave Sam bleeding profusely with no ammunition, no medical kits to staunch the wounds and plenty of lights fully turned on.’
      • ‘Rathnir had already staunched the wound on her torso and seemed to have been ready to bandage it when Bleandol entered.’
      • ‘She tore it into sections, oblivious to the stares she received toward her black lace bra, and tried to staunch his wounds with the fabric.’
      • ‘Unless I staunch this wound now, I'll leave a trail from here to the bathroom, and this was not what my wife was expecting to see when she came home.’
      • ‘Derek walked through them, teaching the unwounded how to treat each other for shock, how to staunch a wound or tourniquet a limb that was bleeding too badly.’
      • ‘After staunching the wound and waiting for the bleeding to slow down, she looked at him.’
      • ‘Schilling wasn't alone in being willing to spill a little blood to staunch an ancient wound.’
      • ‘They tried to staunch the wound and keep her alive but she stayed them.’
      stem
      hold back, stop, halt, check, block, dam
      restrict, restrain, control, contain, curb, slow, lessen, reduce, diminish, retard
      stanch
      stay
      View synonyms

Origin

Middle English: from Old French estanchier, from the base of staunch.

Pronunciation

stanch

/stôn(t)SH//stän(t)SH/

Main definitions of stanch in English

: stanch1stanch2

stanch2

Pronunciation /stôn(t)SH//stän(t)SH/

adjective

Pronunciation

stanch

/stôn(t)SH//stän(t)SH/