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Meaning of MAINSTAY

Pronunciation:  'meyn`stey

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the forestay that braces the mainmast
  2. [n]  a central cohesive source of support and stability; "faith is his anchor"; "he is the linchpin of this firm"
  3. [n]  a prominent supporter; "he is a pillar of the community"

MAINSTAY is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: anchor, backbone, linchpin, lynchpin, pillar
 See Also: admirer, booster, champion, forestay, friend, protagonist, support, supporter



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Main"stay`\, n.
1. (Naut.) The stay extending from the foot of the foremast
   to the maintop.

2. Main support; principal dependence.

         The great mainstay of the Church.     --Buckle.

Thesaurus Terms
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