Definitions for mainmeɪn, maɪn

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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"


  1. Main(a.)

    Principal; chief; first in size, rank, importance, etc.; as, the main reason to go; the main proponent.

  2. Origin: [From Main strength, possibly influenced by OF. maine, magne, great, L. magnus. Cf. Magnate.]


  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

  17. Origin: [See Main, a.]


  1. Main

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Main

    mān, n. might: strength. [A.S. mægen.]

  2. Main

    mān, adj. chief, principal: first in importance: leading.—n. the chief or principal part: the ocean or main sea: a continent or a larger island as compared with a smaller: a principal gas or water pipe in a street, or the largest conductor in a system of electric lights.—ns. Main′boom, the spar which extends the foot of a fore-and-aft mainsail; Main′deck, the principal deck of a ship—so in Main′brace, the brace attached to the mainyard (see Splice); Main′land, the principal or larger land, as opposed to a smaller portion.—adv. Main′ly, chiefly, principally.—ns. Main′mast, the principal mast of a ship, second from the prow; Main′sail, the principal sail generally attached to the mainmast; Main′sheet, the sheet or rope attached to the lower corner of the mainsail; Main′spring, the spring which gives motion to any piece of machinery, esp. that of a watch or a clock; Main′stay, the rope which stretches forward from the top of the mainmast: chief support; Main′top, a platform on the top of the mainmast; Main′topmast, the mast next above the lower mainmast; Main′topsail, the sail above the mainsail, in square-rigged vessels; Main′yard, the lower yard on the mainmast. [O. Fr. maine or magne, great—L. magnus, great.]

  3. Main

    mān, n. a hand at dice: a match at cockfighting: a banker's shovel for coin. [O. Fr. main—L. manus, hand.]

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

Anagrams for main »

  1. mani

  2. Amin

  3. iman

  4. mina

  5. NAMI


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of main in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of main in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Brian Warren:

    The main issue is the traffic.

  2. Nasir Haj Mahmoud:

    This is the main artery for Daesh.

  3. Jesse Leimgruber:

    School is my main priority. Always.

  4. Sarah Hughes:

    These cats of Main Street had a home.

  5. Abraham Diskin:

    The Likud will be the main one to profit.

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