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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stanch \Stanch\, a. [Compar. Stancher (-[~e]r); superl. Stanchest.] [From Stanch, v. t., and hence literally signifying, stopped or stayed; cf. Sp. estanco stopped, tight, not leaky, as a ship. See Stanch, v. t.] [Written also staunch.] 1. Strong and tight; sound; firm; as, a stanch ship. [1913 Webster] One of the closets is parqueted with plain deal, set in diamond, exceeding stanch and pretty. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster] 2. Firm in principle; constant and zealous; loyal; hearty; steady; steadfast; as, a stanch churchman; a stanch friend or adherent. --V. Knox. [1913 Webster] In politics I hear you 're stanch. --Prior. [1913 Webster] 3. Close; secret; private. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This is to be kept stanch. --Locke. [1913 Webster]