Main meaning

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Most important; principal.
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(old poet.) The high, or open, sea; ocean.
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(place) River in SW Germany, flowing west into the Rhine at Mainz: 307 mi (494 km)
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(obsolete) Of or relating to a continuous area or stretch, as of land or water.
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Exerted to the utmost; sheer.
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(nautical) Connected to or located near the mainmast.

A main skysail.

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The chief or largest part.

His ideas are, in the main, impractical.

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Physical strength.

Fought with might and main.

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Main is described as the most important or primary person or thing.

An example of main is a main character, such as Tom Sawyer being the primary character in the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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The definition of a main is a primary line used for distributing water, gas and electricity.

An example of a main is an underground pipe that brings water to a building.

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The principal pipe or conduit in a system for conveying water, gas, oil, or other utility.
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A mainland.
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The open ocean.
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A river rising in eastern Germany and flowing about 525 km (325 mi) generally westward to the Rhine River at Mainz.
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Physical strength; force; power.
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The principal or most important part or point.
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A principal pipe, conduit, or line in a distribution system for water, gas, electricity, etc.
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(obs.) Any broad expanse.
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(obs.) Strong; powerful.
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Chief in size, extent, importance, etc.; principal; leading; specif., designating a large central unit on which subsidiaries or branches depend.

The main post office.

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Of, near, or connected with the mainmast or mainsail.
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(brit., dial.) Remarkable; considerable.
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(obs.) Designating a broad expanse of land, sea, or space.
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Principal; prime; chief; leading; of chief or principal importance. [from 15th c.]
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Principal or chief in size or extent; largest; consisting of the largest part; most important by reason or size or strength.

Main timbers; main branch of a river; main body of an army.

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Full; undivided; sheer (of strength, force etc.). [from 16th c.]
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(nautical) Belonging to or connected with the principal mast in a vessel.
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(dialectal) Big; angry.
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(UK, dialectal) Very; very much; greatly; mightily; extremely; exceedingly.
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That which is chief or principal; the chief or main portion; the gross; the bulk; the greater part.
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(now archaic, US dialectal) The mainland. [from 16th c.]
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(now poetic) The high seas. [from 16th c.]
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A large pipe or cable providing utility service to a building or area, such as water main or electric main. [from 17th c.]
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(nautical) The mainsail. [from 17th c.]
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A hand or match in a game of dice.

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A stake played for at dice.
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The largest throw in a match at dice; a throw at dice within given limits, as in the game of hazard.
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A match at cockfighting.
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A main-hamper, or fruit basket.

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A river in southern Germany, flowing from Bavaria to the Rhine.
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(archaic) The mainland.
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by main force (or strength)
  • by sheer force (or strength)
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

by main force (<i>or</i> strength)

Origin of main

  • Middle English from Old English mægen strength magh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English main, mayn, meyn, partly from Old English mægen- ("strong, principal, main"; used in combination), from Old English mæġen (“strength"), and partly from Old Norse megn, megenn (“strong, main"); both from Proto-Germanic *maginÄ… (“strength, power, might"), *maginaz (“strong"), from Proto-Indo-European *mogh-, *megh- (“power"). Cognate with Old High German megÄ«n (“strong, mighty"), German Möge, Vermögen (“power, wealth"). Akin also to Old English magan (“to be able to"). More at may.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English mægen (“strength"), later also taking senses from the adjective.

    From Wiktionary

  • French main (“hand"); compare manual.

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