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"
Principal; chief; first in size, rank, importance, etc.; as, the main reason to go; the main proponent.
Origin: [From Main strength, possibly influenced by OF. maine, magne, great, L. magnus. Cf. Magnate.]
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
Origin: [See Main, a.]
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
mān, n. might: strength. [A.S. mægen.]
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.]
mān, n. a hand at dice: a match at cockfighting: a banker's shovel for coin. [O. Fr. main—L. manus, hand.]
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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
The numerical value of main in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of main in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
The main thing is to find the main area of the wreckage and then the black box.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain.
We think that Harvard is not a corporation and that profit shouldn't be our main motivator, our main motivator should be about the students. And how can we invest in fossil fuel companies that are threatening our futures? It's an immoral bet against my generation.
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- principalCatalan, Valencian
- Hauptleitung, Haupt-, hauptsächlichGerman
- pääjohto, pää-, valta, pääasiallinen, isoFinnish
- terutama, paling pentingIndonesian
- 主要, 主Japanese
- បំពង់ធំ, ដើមKhmer
- utama, tinoMalay
- belangrijkste, hoofdzakelijk, voornaamste, belangrijkst, hoofdzakelijkeDutch
- главный, основнойRussian
- generell, allmän, huvudsaklig, huvudSwedish
- ముఖ్యమైన, ప్రధానమైనTelugu
- chủ yếu, quan trọng, chính, chủVietnamese
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