stanch ˈstȯnch , ˈstänch, ˈstanch verb
1. stop the flow of a liquid
2. halt the flow or progress of something
The word stanch has appeared in 31 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Nov. 16 in “After a Giant Ship Goes Belly Up, Many Fear a Shoreline Is Next” by Rick Rojas:
The shipping vessel started to capsize Sept. 8 after a fire broke out on board.
The signs of environmental damage were soon evident. Smoke clouded the sound and oil and fuel washed onto the shore. A dark horizontal band has been left on a long stretch of shoreline, a marker of the pollutants carried in by the high tides.
Officials have since worked to stanch pollution and piece together a plan for dealing with the wreckage. More than 400 people and 70 vessels, along with some 51,000 feet of containment boom, have been deployed as part of the response, which is being handled jointly by the United States Coast Guard, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Gallagher Marine Systems, the contractor hired by Hyundai, the ship’s owner.