What is the difference between Stop and Staunch?

The difference between stop and staunch

is that "stop" is to cease moving and "staunch" is loyal, trustworthy, reliable.




  • (intransitive) To cease moving.
  • (intransitive) To not continue.
  • (transitive) To cause (something) to cease moving or progressing.
  • (transitive) To cease; to no longer continue (doing something).
  • (transitive) To cause (something) to come to an end.
  • (transitive) To close or block an opening.
  • (transitive, intransitive, photography, often with “up” or “down”) To adjust the aperture of a camera lens.
  • (intransitive) To stay; to spend a short time; to reside or tarry temporarily.
  • (music) To regulate the sounds of (musical strings, etc.) by pressing them against the fingerboard with the finger, or otherwise shortening the vibrating part.
  • (obsolete) To punctuate.
  • (nautical) To make fast; to stopper.


  • (to cease moving): brake, desist, halt; stop
  • (to not continue): blin, cease, desist, discontinue, halt, terminate; desist
  • (to cause to cease moving): arrest, freeze, halt; immobilize
  • (to cause to come to an end): blin, cancel, cease, discontinue, halt, terminate; end
  • (to tarry): hang about, hang around, linger, loiter, pause; tarry
  • (to reside temporarily): lodge, stop over; sojourn


  • (to cease moving): continue, go, move, proceed
  • (to not continue): continue, proceed
  • (to cause to cease moving): continue, move
  • (to cause to come to an end): continue, move


  • forstop
  • stop by
  • stop down
  • stop in
  • stop off
  • stop out
  • stop over
  • stop up
  • unstop

Related terms

  • the buck stops here


  • I stopped at the traffic lights.
  • The riots stopped when police moved in.
  • Soon the rain will stop.
  • Then everybody once more knelt, and soon the blessing was pronounced. The choir and the clergy trooped out slowly, […], down the nave to the western door. […] At a seemingly immense distance the surpliced group stopped to say the last prayer.
  • A “moving platform" scheme […] is more technologically ambitious than maglev trains even though it relies on conventional rails. […] This set-up solves several problems […]. Stopping high-speed trains wastes energy and time, so why not simply slow them down enough for a moving platform to pull alongside?
  • The sight of the armed men stopped him in his tracks.
  • This guy is a fraudster. I need to stop the cheque I wrote him.
  • One of the wrestlers suddenly stopped fighting.
  • Please stop telling me those terrible jokes.
  • The referees stopped the fight.
  • He stopped the wound with gauze.
  • To achieve maximum depth of field, he stopped down to an f-stop of 22.
  • to stop with a friend
  • He stopped for two weeks at the inn.
  • He stopped at his friend’s house before continuing with his drive.
  • by stopping at home till the money was gone
  • She’s not going away. She’s going to stop here forever.
  • if his sentences were properly stopped


  • A (usually marked) place where buses, trams or trains halt to let passengers get on and off, usually smaller than a station.
  • An action of stopping; interruption of travel.
  • That which stops, impedes, or obstructs; an obstacle; an impediment.
  • A device intended to block the path of a moving object
  • (linguistics) A consonant sound in which the passage of air through the mouth is temporarily blocked by the lips, tongue, or glottis.
  • A symbol used for purposes of punctuation and representing a pause or separating clauses, particularly a full stop, comma, colon or semicolon.
  • (music) One of the vent-holes in a wind instrument, or the place on the wire of a stringed instrument, by the stopping or pressing of which certain notes are produced.
  • (tennis) A very short shot which touches the ground close behind the net and is intended to bounce as little as possible.
  • (zoology) The depression in a dog’s face between the skull and the nasal bones.
  • (photography) A part of a photographic system that reduces the amount of light.
  • (photography) A unit of exposure corresponding to a doubling of the brightness of an image.
  • (photography) An f-stop.
  • The diaphragm used in optical instruments to cut off the marginal portions of a beam of light passing through lenses.
  • (fencing) A coup d’arret, or stop thrust.


  • Related terms: halt, station.
  • They agreed to meet at the bus stop.
  • That stop was not planned.
  • It is […] doubtful […] whether it contributed anything to the stop of the infection.
  • Occult qualities put a stop to the improvement of natural philosophy.
  • It is a great step toward the mastery of our desires to give this stop to them.
  • A fatal stop trauerst their headlong course
  • So melancholy a prospect should inspire us with zeal to oppose some stop to the rising torrent.
  • door stop
  • Synonyms: plosive, occlusive
  • The organ is loudest when all the stops are pulled.
  • The stop in a bulldog’s face is very marked.


  • Loyal, trustworthy, reliable.
  • Dependable, persistent.


  • He’s been a staunch supporter of mine through every election.
  • he relished a glass of choice old wine in season as both nourishing and bloodmaking and possessing aperient virtues
  • Never at any time in its history has there been so much universal anger at and criticism of the Southern. The railway’s staunchest friends must concede that most of it is justified.
  • Without our staunch front line the enemy would have split the regiment.


  • (transitive) To stop the flow of (blood).
  • (transitive) To stop, check, or deter an action.


  • Somebody’s got to staunch those press leaks!