What does the word stanch mean?

Usage examples for stanch

  1. Doubtless Biddy, who was a stanch Romanist, had connived at this. – Lover or Friend by Rosa Nouchette Carey
  2. So he leaned forward again and gave his stanch heart to the task. – Riders of the Silences by Max Brand
  3. He was a fellow townsman of Grant when the war broke out and had recommended him to Governor Yates as a military helper, and from that time onward had been his stanch and unwavering supporter. – The Life of Lyman Trumbull by Horace White