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Definition 1: the forestay that braces the mainmast - [noun denoting artifact]

(mainstay is a kind of ...) an adjustable stay from the foremast to the deck or bowsprit; controls the bending of the mast

Definition 2: a central cohesive source of support and stability - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where mainstay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • faith is his anchor
  • the keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money
  • he is the linchpin of this firm

Synonyms for mainstay in the sense of this definition

(mainstay is a kind of ...) something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest

"the policy found little public support" "his faith was all the support he needed" "the team enjoyed the support of their fans"

Definition 3: a prominent supporter - [noun denoting person]

Samples where mainstay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he is a pillar of the community

Synonyms for mainstay in the sense of this definition

(mainstay is a kind of ...) a person who backs a politician or a team etc.

"all their supporters came out for the game" "they are friends of the library"

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