What does main mean?

Definitions for mainmeɪn, maɪn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word main.

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"

GCIDE

  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.]

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

  17. Origin: [See Main, a.]

Freebase

  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.]

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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

Numerology

  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. Stephen Covey:

    The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

  2. Toos Sanitiyoso:

    The main thing is to find the main area of the wreckage and then the black box.

  3. Bertrand Russell:

    Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

  4. Pierre Trudeau:

    Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain.

  5. Chloe Maxmin:

    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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