"They could not have a stancher or prettier champion, my dear," said a gray-haired man who sat near me.
There was color in her cheeks and a stancher adjustment of the lines of her face.
There were no stancher adherents of the democratic idea than our intellectual aristocrats.
Never was a stancher heart than thine, Caillette, or a truer friend.
We had learned to understand each other well, and no man ever had a stancher comrade than I had in Mishka Pavloff.
"An' she's stancher--a wonderful lot stancher," continued the other.
There's not a stancher, closer-mouthed creature in existence than Bear.
And never had Duane bestrode a gamer, swifter, stancher beast.
The wish was only increased when the first Maid of the Mist was superseded by the new and stancher one.
He saw his son Kit more than once or twice in those days, and Kit appeared to be the stancher patriot of the two.
"to stop the flow of" (especially of blood), c.1300, from Old French estanchier "cause to cease flowing, stop, hinder," from Vulgar Latin *stancare, perhaps contracted from *stagnicare, from Latin stagnum "pond, pool" (see stagnate).