mainstay mainstay  /ˈmeɪn ˌsteɪ/


  1. (n) a prominent supporter
  2. (n) a central cohesive source of support and stability
  3. (n) the forestay that braces the mainmast


  1. Corrections had long been a mainstay in Fremont County; the high desert valley was already home to more than half a dozen prisons.
  2. That may explain why the famously dyspeptic Scalia has become a merry mainstay on the A-list Washington social circuit of late.
  3. Gareth Cattermole Getty PRO: His raucous, bitchy celebri-blog continues to be a mainstay of the New Voyeurism, despite all the slings, arrows and lawsuits of Perez haters.


  1. Investigative Reporter Jeremy Scahill On Putting Himself Front and Center in 'Dirty Wars' and Dealing With Being ...

    Post 9/11, war docs have become a mainstay on the indie film circuit. Angry, passionate, revelatory and provocative, these films -- like "Restrepo," "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Armadillo" -- have changed how we view the war on terror. Richard Rowley's shocking "Dirty Wars" is the latest to do so. An extension of investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill reporting on the Joint Special Operations Command's ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: indieWIRE

  2. Camille Paglia Pens Love Letter to Joan Rivers, 'Iconic Feminist Role Model'

    The author says her "caustic voice, relentless energy and driving ambition" make the legendary comic and TV mainstay an enduring force of nature. read more
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Hollywood Reporter

  3. Summer Movie Series returns to Garden Theatre

    The traditional one-screen cinema is a mainstay in these parts (since 1935), and this year again hosts its Summer Movie Series, with film showings twice a week, every week, all summer long.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Orlando Weekly


  1. "The automotive sector is of key importance to the UK," said Business Secretary Lord Mandelson. "It supports research and development, technological innovation, skills and a supply chain that's a mainstay of the wider manufacturing sector."
    on Mar 18, 2010 By: Peter Mandelson Source: BusinessWeek

  2. "It's going to be difficult," Portis said. "We lost two offensive linemen, we shuffled two offensive linemen, now we lose Chris Cooley. The only mainstay from our opening day roster that's on that line is [center] Casey Rabach and [left...
    on Oct 27, 2009 By: Clinton Portis Source: Washington Post

  3. "And it's hard for them to leave their families when they don't have somebody to take care of them. It's a vicious cycle that's affecting women, particularly in a part of the country like this, where mining is the mainstay; traditionally, women have...
    on Apr 23, 2008 By: John McCain Source: Spartanburg Herald Journal (subscription)

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tangible tangible
/ˈtæn dʒə bəl /