mainstay


mainstay
I noun anchor, assurance, backbone, backer, bastion, brace, bulwark, buttress, champion, chief reliance, cornerstone, crutch, deliverance, dependence, foundation, help, keystone, maintainer, nucleus, pillar, principal backer, principal maintainer, principal support, principal supporter, principal sustainer, prop, rampart, reinforcement, reliance, right arm, right hand, salvation, security, staff, stay, strength, stronghold, support, sustainer, sustenance, tower of strength, upholder II index abettor, backer, cornerstone, partisan, strength, support (assistance)

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  • mainstay — main‧stay [ˈmeɪnsteɪ] noun [countable usually singular] the most important part of something, that makes it possible for it to be successful or to continue to exist: mainstay of • Cod fishing was the mainstay of the Newfoundland economy,… …   Financial and business terms

  • Mainstay — Main stay , n. 1. (Naut.) The stay extending from the foot of the foremast to the maintop. [1913 Webster] 2. Main support; principal dependence. [1913 Webster] The great mainstay of the Church. Buckle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mainstay — (n.) chief support, 1787, figurative use of a nautical noun meaning stay which extends from the main top to the foot of the foremast (late 15c.), from MAIN (Cf. main) (adj.) + STAY (Cf. stay) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • mainstay — [n] chief support anchor, backbone, brace, bulwark, buttress, crutch*, good right arm*, linchpin*, maintainer, pillar, prop, right hand person*, sinew, staff, standby, stay, strength, supporter, sustainer, upholder; concepts 646,712 …   New thesaurus

  • mainstay — ► NOUN 1) a stay which extends from the maintop to the foot of the foremast of a sailing ship. 2) the chief support or main part …   English terms dictionary

  • mainstay — [mān′stā΄] n. 1. a stay, or line, extending forward from the mainmast, supporting it and holding it in position 2. a chief support …   English World dictionary

  • Mainstay — This article is about the band. For Soviet AWACS aircraft with NATO designation Mainstay, see Beriev A 50. Mainstay Origin United States Genres Christian rock Years active 2001–2008 (On Hiatus) …   Wikipedia

  • mainstay — noun the mainstay of a) an important part of something that makes it possible for it to work properly or continue to exist: Agriculture is still the mainstay of the country s economy.b)someone who does most of the important work for a group or… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • mainstay — UK [ˈmeɪnˌsteɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms mainstay : singular mainstay plural mainstays the person or thing that something depends on most in order to continue or be successful mainstay of: Oil exports are the mainstay of the economy …   English dictionary

  • mainstay — main|stay [ˈmeınsteı] n the mainstay of sth a) an important part of something that makes it possible for it to work properly or continue to exist ▪ Agriculture is still the mainstay of the country s economy. b) someone who does most of the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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