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Stanch


STANCH, verb transitive 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.

STANCH, verb intransitive To stop, as blood; to cease to flow.

Immediately the issue of her blood stanched. Luke 8:44.

STANCH, adjective [This is the same word as the foregoing, the primary sense of which is to set; hence the sense of firmness.]

1. Sound; firm; strong and tight; as a stanch ship.

2. Firm in principle; steady; constant and zealous; hearty; as a stanch churchman; a stanch republican; a stanch friend or adherent.

In politics I hear youre stanch

3. Strong; not to be broken.

4. Firm; close.

This is to be kept stanch

A stanch hound, is one that follows the scent closely without error or remissness.