Word of the Week: Stanch

CliffsNotes January 6, 2015


CliffsNotes Word of the Week Stanch


Word: stanch (v)

Meaning: to stop the flowing

Synonyms: check, halt, plug


1. Doctors on the battlefield would use a tourniquet to stanch the flow of blood from a soldier’s wound.

2. He stanched the to-go box leak before his book got covered in sauce.

3. I wasn’t able to stanch the flow of the bathroom pipe so the bathroom flooded.

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