Stanch v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stanched p. pr. & vb. n. Stanching.]
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.]
Iron or a stone laid to the neck doth stanch the bleeding of the nose. --Bacon.
2. To extinguish; to quench, as fire or thirst. [Obs.]