(noun, adjective, verb)


1. Strong and tight; sound; firm.

- a stanch ship

2. Firm in principle; constant and zealous; loyal; hearty; steadfast.

- a stanch churchman; a stanch friend or adherent

3. Close; secret; private.


1. That which stanches or checks.

2. A floodgate by which water is accumulated, for floating a boat over a shallow part of a stream by its release.


1. stop the flow of a liquid

Similar word(s): halt, staunch, stem

Definition categories: change, check

Sentences with stanch as a verb:

- A small amount of cotton can be stuffed into the nose to stanch the flow of blood if necessary.