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VERB (1)

1. stop the flow of a liquid;
- Example: "staunch the blood flow"
- Example: "stem the tide"
[syn: stem, stanch, staunch, halt]


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. firm and dependable especially in loyalty;
- Example: "a steadfast ally"
- Example: "a staunch defender of free speech"
- Example: "unswerving devotion"
- Example: "unswerving allegiance"
[syn: steadfast, staunch, unswerving]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stanch \Stanch\ (st[.a]nch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stanched (st[.a]ncht); p. pr. & vb. n. Stanching.] [OF. estanchier, F. ['e]tancher to stop a liquid from flowing; akin to Pr., Sp., & Pg. estancar, It. stancare to weary, LL. stancare, stagnare, to stanch, fr. L. stagnare to be or make stagnant. See Stagnate.] 1. To stop the flowing of, as blood; to check; also, to stop the flowing of blood from; as, to stanch a wound. [Written also staunch.] [1913 Webster] Iron or a stone laid to the neck doth stanch the bleeding of the nose. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To extinguish; to quench, as fire or thirst. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stanch \Stanch\, a. [Compar. Stancher (-[~e]r); superl. Stanchest.] [From Stanch, v. t., and hence literally signifying, stopped or stayed; cf. Sp. estanco stopped, tight, not leaky, as a ship. See Stanch, v. t.] [Written also staunch.] 1. Strong and tight; sound; firm; as, a stanch ship. [1913 Webster] One of the closets is parqueted with plain deal, set in diamond, exceeding stanch and pretty. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster] 2. Firm in principle; constant and zealous; loyal; hearty; steady; steadfast; as, a stanch churchman; a stanch friend or adherent. --V. Knox. [1913 Webster] In politics I hear you 're stanch. --Prior. [1913 Webster] 3. Close; secret; private. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This is to be kept stanch. --Locke. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Staunch \Staunch\ (st[aum]nch), Staunchly \Staunch"ly\, Staunchness \Staunch"ness\, etc. See Stanch, Stanchly, etc. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

staunch adj 1: firm and dependable especially in loyalty; "a steadfast ally"; "a staunch defender of free speech"; "unswerving devotion"; "unswerving allegiance" [syn: steadfast, staunch, unswerving] v 1: stop the flow of a liquid; "staunch the blood flow"; "stem the tide" [syn: stem, stanch, staunch, halt]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

118 Moby Thesaurus words for "staunch": Sabbatarian, airtight, ardent, bigoted, calculable, close, committed, compact, consistent, constant, creedbound, dedicated, dependable, devoted, dogmatic, dustproof, dusttight, evangelical, faithful, faithworthy, fast, firm, firm as Gibraltar, fixed, flinty, fundamentalist, gasproof, gastight, hermetic, hermetically sealed, hidebound, hyperorthodox, immovable, inflexible, infrangible, invincible, liege, lightproof, lighttight, literalist, literalistic, long-lasting, loyal, made of iron, marble-constant, oilproof, oiltight, precisianist, precisianistic, predictable, purist, puristic, puritanical, rainproof, raintight, reliable, resolute, rigid, rugged, sealed, seaworthy, secure, set, settled, shut fast, smokeproof, smoketight, snug, solid, sot, sound, stable, steadfast, steady, steely, stormproof, stormtight, stout, straitlaced, strict, strong, sturdy, substantial, sure, surefire, tested, tight, tough, tried, tried and true, true, true-blue, trusted, trustworthy, trusty, unbending, unbreakable, undeflectable, undeviating, unfailing, unfaltering, unflappable, unflinching, unshaken, unshrinking, unswerving, unwavering, unyielding, water-repellant, waterproof, watertight, well-built, well-constructed, well-founded, well-grounded, well-made, windproof, windtight