Definition of Mainstay

1. Noun. A prominent supporter. "He is a pillar of the community"

Exact synonyms: Pillar
Generic synonyms: Admirer, Booster, Champion, Friend, Protagonist, Supporter



2. Noun. A central cohesive source of support and stability. "He is the linchpin of this firm"
Exact synonyms: Anchor, Backbone, Keystone, Linchpin, Lynchpin
Generic synonyms: Support
Derivative terms: Anchor

3. Noun. The forestay that braces the mainmast.
Generic synonyms: Forestay

Definition of Mainstay

1. n. The stay extending from the foot of the foremast to the maintop.

Definition of Mainstay

1. Noun. A chief support. ¹

2. Noun. (nautical) A stabilising rope from the top of the mainmast to the bottom of the foremast. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mainstay

1. a principal support [n -STAYS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mainstay

mainprised
mainprises
mainprising
mains
mainsail
mainsails
mainsheet
mainsheets
mainshock
mainshocks
mainspan
mainspans
mainspring
mainsprings
mainstage
mainstay (current term)
mainstays
mainstream
mainstream America
mainstream American
mainstreamed
mainstreamer
mainstreamers
mainstreaming
mainstreams
mainstreet
mainstreets
maintain
maintainability
maintainable

Literary usage of Mainstay

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1. A History of England by James Franck Bright (1889)
"Wentworth, finding, it is probable, no career in what he regarded _ , , as a losing cause, had accepted a peerage, and became mainstay of henceforward the ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Agriculture is its mainstay; but it is of a type neither extensive nor intensive, its scope being narrowed down to the task of satisfying directly the ..."

3. Woman's Work in the Church: Historical Notes on Deaconesses and Sisterhoods by John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow (1866)
"The Social Principle, the mainstay of Monachism. The social principle, embodied in the effort to realise a brotherhood or sisterhood, is therefore the ..."

4. The Growth of English Industry and Commerce by William Cunningham (1907)
"This was to be the mainstay of national independence; which and gradually, as the strategical importance of the sea was s"%e'as tI,e more fully recognised, ..."

5. The Missions and Missionaries of California by Zephyrin Engelhardt (1913)
"The Missions the mainstay.—Their Contributions.—Fr. Martinez Surprises the Governor.—Sola Sends an Agent to Mexico.—Fr. Guardian Lopez's Urgent Appeal. ..."

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