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1 a prominent supporter; "he is a pillar of the community" [syn: pillar]
2 a central cohesive source of support and stability; "faith is his anchor"; "the keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money"; "he is the linchpin of this firm" [syn: anchor, keystone, backbone, linchpin, lynchpin]
3 the forestay that braces the mainmast

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  • ˈmejnstej


  1. A chief support.
    Agriculture is the mainstay of this country's economy.
  2. A stabilising rope from the top of the mainmast to the bottom of the foremast.


a chief support
a stabilizing rope from the top of the mainmast to the bottom of the foremast

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Mainstay is a melodic rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band was formed in 2003 and is signed to BEC Recordings. While a lot of the band's music has decidedly Christian lyrics and messages, their music appeals to a large secular fanbase as well. Their music style has been compared to Copeland, Kutless, Sanctus Real, Lifehouse and The Goo Goo Dolls. Their debut album, Well Meaning Fiction, was released on February 21, 2006.





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