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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amain(adverb)

    at full speed; with great haste

    "the children ran down the hill amain"

  2. amain(adverb)

    with all your strength

    "he pulled the ropes amain"


  1. amain(Adverb)

    In a forceful manner.

  2. amain(Adverb)

    At full speed; in great haste.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amain(noun)

    with might; with full force; vigorously; violently; exceedingly

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + main. See 2d Main, n.]

  2. Amain(noun)

    at full speed; in great haste; also, at once

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + main. See 2d Main, n.]

  3. Amain(verb)

    to lower, as a sail, a yard, etc

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + main. See 2d Main, n.]

  4. Amain(verb)

    to lower the topsail, in token of surrender; to yield

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + main. See 2d Main, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Amain

    a-mān′, adv. with main force or strength: violently: at full speed: exceedingly. [Pfx. a- = on, and Main.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. amain

    [Saxon a, and mægn, force, strength]. This was the old word to an enemy for "yield," and was written amayne and almayne. Its literal signification is, with force or vigour, all at once, suddenly; and it is generally used to anything which is moved by a tackle-fall, as "lower amain!" let run at once. When we used to demand the salute in the narrow seas, the lowering of the top-sail was called striking amain (see STRIKE), and it was demanded by the wave amain (see WAVING), or brandishing a bright sword to and fro.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Amain

    A nautical phrase meaning suddenly, at once--e.g. “Strike amain,” “Lower amain.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of amain in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of amain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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