Some of the stanchest vessels in the trade are more than half a century old, and promise to do duty for many years to come.
The old buck that hitherto led the herd had now gone off by himself, followed by a pair of the stanchest dogs.
But I know Jimmy will meet me here if he's alive, for he always was the truest, stanchest old chap in the world.
We can imagine, however, that the stanchest woman's-right lady should cry for her lost lover.
The great line which boasted that it had never lost a life held its stanchest steamer three days—four days overdue.
Outwardly he professed the stanchest republicanism and devotion to equal rights.
He broke into homes, and pillaged even the stanchest Imperialists.
The Thessalians, thus abandoned, instantly treated with the invader, and became among the stanchest allies of Xerxes.
He had been his stanchest friend and supporter among the troop and company commanders, and was eager to befriend him now.
Often the men who opposed him most bitterly at first were afterward his stanchest friends and supporters.
"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).