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mainstreaming

[meyn-stree-ming]
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noun
  1. integration of children with special educational problems, as a physical handicap, into conventional classes and school activities.
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Origin of mainstreaming

First recorded in 1975–80; mainstream + -ing1

mainstream

[meyn-streem]
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 the mainstream.
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adjective
  1. belonging to or characteristic of a principal, dominant, or widely accepted group, movement, style, etc.: mainstream Republicans; a mainstream artist; mainstream media.
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of jazz falling historically between Dixieland and modern jazz; specifically, swing music.Compare traditional(def 4).
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verb (used with object)
  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 (students with disabilities) in regular school classes.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to join or be placed in the mainstream.
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Origin of mainstream

First recorded in 1660–70; main1 + stream
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mainstream

noun
    1. the main current (of a river, cultural trend, etc)in the mainstream of modern literature
    2. (as modifier)mainstream politics
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the style of jazz that lies between the traditional and the modern
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Word Origin and History for mainstreaming

mainstream

n.

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.

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mainstreaming in Medicine

mainstreaming

(mānstrē′mĭng)
n.
  1. The process of integrating physically or intellectually disadvantaged students into regular school classes.
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Related formsmainstream′ v.
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mainstreaming in Culture

mainstream

The prevailing current or direction of a movement or influence: “The candidate's speech represented the mainstream thinking on economic policy.”

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