Definition of mainstay:
guts, backbone, back, keystone, key, vertebral column, gumption, column, tower, anchorman, spinal column, moxie, sand, anchorperson, pillar, linchpin, spine, lynchpin, rachis, ground tackle, grit, anchor, headstone.
As it grows older, it should be allowed to feel, and made to feel, that mother's love and father's love will never desert it- that that love may be counted on, as a mainstay of life, through thick and thin, fair weather and foul, to the very end.- "Heart and Soul", Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post).
- "Manual of American Grape-Growing", U. P. Hedrick.
- "The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller", Calvin Thomas.