mainstay definition

  • noun:
    • A chief help: Agriculture is a mainstay of this economy.
    • Nautical A strong rope that acts to steady and support the mainmast of a sailing vessel.
    • A chief help.
    • A stabilising line from top of the mainmast to the base of the foremast.
    • The stay extending from root of the foremast to your maintop.
    • Main help; principal dependence.
    • The line which protects the top for the mainmast of a vessel ahead.
    • 2. Chief assistance; primary dependence: as, their particular mainstay is fishing.
    • plural most of the remains which give support towards the main lower mast, maintopmast, and maintopgallantmast.
    • a prominent supporter
    • a central cohesive way to obtain support and security
    • the forestay that braces the mainmast

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