Definitions for mainmeɪn, maɪn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
chief in size, extent, or importance; principal; leading.
pertaining to or connected to a mainmast or mainsail.
by main strength.
Obs. of or pertaining to a broad expanse:
(n.)a principal pipe or duct in a system used to distribute water, gas, etc.
Category: Civil Engineering
physical strength or force:
might and main.
the chief part or point:
in the main, a good plan.
the open ocean:
the bounding main.
Ref: mainland . 1
Origin of main:
bef. 900; ME meyn, strength, power, OE mægen, der. of the Gmc v. base *mag-may1;
a river in central Germany, flowing W from N Bavaria into the Rhine at Mainz. 305 mi. (490 km) long.
Category: Geography (places)
any very large body of (salt) water
a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage
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"
(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"
of force; of the greatest possible intensity
"by main strength"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
most important or most used
the main highway into the city; his main source of income; the main reason for doing sth
indicates what is important
The main thing is that we can prevent it from happening again.
a large pipe for water or gas
a burst water main
A river in southern Germany, flowing from Bavaria to the Rhine.
Origin: From mægen, later also taking senses from the adjective.
a hand or match at dice
a stake played for at dice
the largest throw in a match at dice; a throw at dice within given limits, as in the game of hazard
a match at cockfighting
strength; force; might; violent effort
the chief or principal part; the main or most important thing
the great sea, as distinguished from an arm, bay, etc. ; the high sea; the ocean
the continent, as distinguished from an island; the mainland
principal duct or pipe, as distinguished from lesser ones; esp. (Engin.), a principal pipe leading to or from a reservoir; as, a fire main
very or extremely strong
unqualified; absolute; entire; sheer
principal; chief; first in size, rank, importance, etc
very; extremely; as, main heavy
The Main is a river in Germany, with a length of 527 km the most significant right tributary of the Rhine.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'main' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #342
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'main' in Written Corpus Frequency: #635
Rank popularity for the word 'main' in Adjectives Frequency: #32
Translations for main
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
chief, principal or most important
the main purpose; the main character in the story.
- principalPortuguese (BR)
- κύριος, κυριότεροςGreek
- प्रमुख, कुल मिलाकरHindi
- aðal-, megin-Icelandic
- 주된, 가장 중요한Korean
- pagrindinis, svarbiausiasLithuanian
- główny, przeważniePolish
- основной, главныйRussian
- huvudsaklig, viktigast, huvud-Swedish
- temel, anaTurkish
- 主要的Chinese (Trad.)
- chính; quan trọng nhấtVietnamese
- 主要的Chinese (Simp.)
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