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mainstay

main·stay

mainstay

 
 
pronunciation:
meIn steI
features:
Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the principal support or component of something.
Rice is a mainstay of the people's diet.Oil is the mainstay of the country's economy.
synonyms:
backbone, pillar, rock
similar words:
anchor, brace, bulwark, prop, staple, stay, support
definition 2: a strong rope or cable that secures and stabilizes the mainmast of a sailing ship.
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