the principal or dominant course, tendency, or trend:
the mainstream of American culture.
a river having tributaries.
regular school classes or regular schools:
keeping autistic students in the mainstream.
belonging to or characteristic of a principal, dominant, or widely accepted group, movement, style, etc.: mainstream Republicans; a mainstream artist;
of, relating to, or characteristic of jazz falling historically between Dixieland and modern jazz; specifically, swing music.
Compare (def 4).
verb (used with object)
to send into the mainstream; cause to join the main force, group, etc.:
to mainstream young people into the labor force.
to place (students with disabilities) in regular school classes.
verb (used without object)
to join or be placed in the mainstream.
of or relating to the style of jazz that lies between the traditional and the modern
also main-stream, main stream, “principal current of a river,” 1660s, from main (adj.) + stream (n.); hence, “prevailing direction in opinion, popular taste, etc.,” a figurative use first attested in Carlyle (1831). Mainstream media attested by 1980 in language of U.S. leftists critical of coverage of national affairs.
The prevailing current or direction of a movement or influence: “The candidate’s speech represented the mainstream thinking on economic policy.”
Conventional; materialistic: It’s a mainstream movie; don’t waste your time (1980s+ Students)
- Mainstream corporation tax
noun 1. (in Britain) the balance of the corporation tax formerly paid by a company for an accounting period after the advance corporation tax had been deducted
[meyn-stree-mer] /ˈmeɪnˌstri mər/ noun 1. a member of the .
[meyn-stree-ming] /ˈmeɪnˌstri mɪŋ/ noun 1. integration of children with special educational problems, as a physical handicap, into conventional classes and school activities. [meyn-streem] /ˈmeɪnˌstrim/ noun 1. the principal or dominant course, tendency, or trend: the mainstream of American culture. 2. a river having tributaries. 3. regular school classes or regular schools: keeping autistic students in […]
noun 1. the principal thoroughfare, especially through the business district, in a small town. 2. (initial capital letters) the outlook, environment, or life of a small town. noun 1. a novel (1920) by Sinclair Lewis. noun (mainly US & Canadian) 1. the most prominent street of a town, usually where the principal shops and businesses […]