listen to the pronunciation of mainstay
İngilizce - İngilizce
A chief support

Agriculture is the mainstay of this country's economy.

A stabilising rope from the top of the mainmast to the bottom of the foremast
the forestay that braces the mainmast
The stay extending from the foot of the foremast to the maintop
{i} strong rope supporting the mainmast of a sailing vessel (Nautical); chief support, something which is greatly relied upon
If you describe something as the mainstay of a particular thing, you mean that it is the most basic part of it. Fish and rice were the mainstays of the country's diet This principle of collective bargaining has been a mainstay in labor relations in this country. a an important part of something that makes it possible for it to work properly or continue to exist
Main support; principal dependence
a prominent supporter; "he is a pillar of the community"
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"
Plural of mainstay