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main•stream



Pronunciation: (mān'strēm"), [key]
n.
1. the principal or dominant course, tendency, or trend: the mainstream of American culture.
2. a river having tributaries.

adj.
1. belonging to or characteristic of a principal, dominant, or widely accepted group, movement, style, etc.: mainstream Republicans; a mainstream artist.
2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of jazz falling historically between Dixieland and modern jazz; specifically, swing music. Cf. traditional (def. 4).

v.t.
1. to send into the mainstream; cause to join the main force, group, etc.: to mainstream young people into the labor force.
2. to place (handicapped students) in regular school classes.

v.i.
to join or be placed in the mainstream.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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