mainstay (plural mainstays)
- A chief support.
- Agriculture is the mainstay of this country’s economy.
- 2000, Jedrzej George Frynas, Oil in Nigeria, →ISBN:
- Oil is the mainstay of Nigeria's economy.
- 2014, Marc C. Hochberg, Alan J. Silman, & Josef S. Smolen, Rheumatology, →ISBN, page 307:
- Conventional radiography has a major role in, and remains the mainstay of, initial evaluation and follow-up of rheumatologic disease.
- Someone or something that can be depended on to make a regular contribution.
- 2004, Susan McHugh, Dog, →ISBN:
- Like show dogs, dog actors became a mainstay in European and American contexts from the early nineteenth century with the convergence of public sentiment for dogs and popular interest in training them.
- 2010, Lamar Underwood, 1001 Fishing Tips, →ISBN:
- Crickets are a mainstay of panfishing with live bait—and a mainstay of bait shops—but they come off the hook easily and you'll be plagued by minnows and tiny fish constantly stealing your bait.
- 2016 May 23, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, “Apocalypse pits the strengths of the X-Men series against the weaknesses”, in The Onion AV Club:
- X-Men: Apocalypse, directed by series mainstay Bryan Singer, gives Magneto, the Holocaust survivor who can control magnetic fields, and Xavier, the paraplegic telepath who tends to come off as really smug, next-to-zero shared screen time.
- (nautical) A stabilising rope from the top of the mainmast to the bottom of the foremast.
something that can be depended on to make a regular contribution
nautical: stabilizing rope