Tuesday, 13 December 2011


[stawnch, stahnch]

1. to stem the flow of (a liquid, especially blood) or (of a liquid) to stop flowing
2. to prevent the flow of a liquid, especially blood, from (a hole, wound, etc)
3. an archaic word for assuage
4. a primitive form of lock in which boats are carried over shallow parts of a river in a rush of water released by the lock
ALSo: stanch

A broken cup
Liquid quickly staunched
Our lives so frail

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