Main definitions of stanch in English

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stanch1

(British staunch)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Stop 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’
    • ‘The master-thief put a hand to his wound again in a half-hearted attempt to staunch 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Elizabeth was there already, trying to staunch the flow of blood from the wound in Carl's chest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His smaller arms clasped at the oozing wounds on his back to staunch the flow of blood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Faithfully applied, the court's ruling may be helping to staunch the flow of questionable science.’
    • ‘Bending double, he pressed one hand over the other, trying to staunch the hot flow of blood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many universities scaled back their distance education business plans to stanch the flow of red ink.’
    • ‘Russell scrubbed angrily at his cheeks, trying to staunch the flow of tears.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Stop the flow of blood from (a wound).
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After staunching the wound and waiting for the bleeding to slow down, she looked at him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rathnir had already staunched the wound on her torso and seemed to have been ready to bandage it when Bleandol entered.’
      • ‘They tried to staunch the wound and keep her alive but she stayed them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Schilling wasn't alone in being willing to spill a little blood to staunch an ancient wound.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Main definitions of stanch in English

: stanch1stanch2

stanch2

adjective

Pronunciation