Definitions for MAINmeɪn, maɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mainmeɪn(adj.)

  1. chief in size, extent, or importance; principal; leading.

  2. syntactically independent.

    Category: Grammar

  3. pertaining to or connected to a mainmast or mainsail.

    Category: Nautical

  4. sheer; utmost:

    by main strength.

  5. Obs. of or pertaining to a broad expanse:

    main sea.

  6. (n.)a principal pipe or duct in a system used to distribute water, gas, etc.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  7. physical strength or force:

    might and main.

  8. the chief part or point:

    in the main, a good plan.

  9. the open ocean:

    the bounding main.

  10. Ref: mainland . 1

Origin of main:

bef. 900; ME meyn, strength, power, OE mægen, der. of the Gmc v. base *mag-may1;

Mainmeɪn, maɪn(n.)

  1. a river in central Germany, flowing W from N Bavaria into the Rhine at Mainz. 305 mi. (490 km) long.

    Category: Geography (places)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. main, briny(noun)

    any very large body of (salt) water

  2. main(adj)

    a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage

  3. chief(a), main(a), primary(a), principal(a), master(a)(adj)

    most important element

    "the chief aim of living"; "the main doors were of solid glass"; "the principal rivers of America"; "the principal example"; "policemen were primary targets"; "the master bedroom"; "a master switch"

  4. independent, main(a)(adj)

    (of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence

    "the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb"

  5. main(a)(adj)

    of force; of the greatest possible intensity

    "by main strength"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. main(adjective)ɪn, maɪn

    most important or most used

    the main highway into the city; his main source of income; the main reason for doing sth

  2. mainɪn, maɪn

    indicates what is important

    The main thing is that we can prevent it from happening again.

  3. main(noun)ɪn, maɪn

    a large pipe for water or gas

    a burst water main

Wiktionary

  1. Main(ProperNoun)

    A river in southern Germany, flowing from Bavaria to the Rhine.

  2. Origin: From mægen, later also taking senses from the adjective.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Main(noun)

    a hand or match at dice

  2. Main(noun)

    a stake played for at dice

  3. Main(noun)

    the largest throw in a match at dice; a throw at dice within given limits, as in the game of hazard

  4. Main(noun)

    a match at cockfighting

  5. Main(noun)

    a main-hamper

  6. Main

    strength; force; might; violent effort

  7. Main

    the chief or principal part; the main or most important thing

  8. Main

    the great sea, as distinguished from an arm, bay, etc. ; the high sea; the ocean

  9. Main

    the continent, as distinguished from an island; the mainland

  10. Main

    principal duct or pipe, as distinguished from lesser ones; esp. (Engin.), a principal pipe leading to or from a reservoir; as, a fire main

  11. Main(adj)

    very or extremely strong

  12. Main(adj)

    vast; huge

  13. Main(adj)

    unqualified; absolute; entire; sheer

  14. Main(adj)

    principal; chief; first in size, rank, importance, etc

  15. Main(adj)

    important; necessary

  16. Main(adj)

    very; extremely; as, main heavy

Freebase

  1. Main

    The Main is a river in Germany, with a length of 527 km the most significant right tributary of the Rhine.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MAIN' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #342

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MAIN' in Written Corpus Frequency: #635

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MAIN' in Adjectives Frequency: #32


Translations for MAIN

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

main(adjective)

chief, principal or most important

the main purpose; the main character in the story.

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