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
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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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