What does main mean?

Definitions for main
meɪn, maɪnmain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. main, brinynoun

    any very large body of (salt) water

  2. mainadjective

    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)adjective

    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)adjective

    (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)adjective

    of force; of the greatest possible intensity

    "by main strength"


  1. Mainadjective

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

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


  1. Mainnoun

    A river in southern Germany, flowing from Bavaria to the Rhine.

    Etymology: From mægen, later also taking senses from the adjective.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mainnoun

    a hand or match at dice

    Etymology: [See Main, a.]

  2. Mainnoun

    a stake played for at dice

    Etymology: [See Main, a.]

  3. Mainnoun

    the largest throw in a match at dice; a throw at dice within given limits, as in the game of hazard

    Etymology: [See Main, a.]

  4. Mainnoun

    a match at cockfighting

    Etymology: [See Main, a.]

  5. Mainnoun

    a main-hamper

    Etymology: [See Main, a.]

  6. Main

    strength; force; might; violent effort

    Etymology: [See Main, a.]

  7. Main

    the chief or principal part; the main or most important thing

    Etymology: [See Main, a.]

  8. Main

    the great sea, as distinguished from an arm, bay, etc. ; the high sea; the ocean

    Etymology: [See Main, a.]

  9. Main

    the continent, as distinguished from an island; the mainland

    Etymology: [See Main, a.]

  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

    Etymology: [See Main, a.]

  11. Mainadjective

    very or extremely strong

    Etymology: [See Main, a.]

  12. Mainadjective

    vast; huge

    Etymology: [See Main, a.]

  13. Mainadjective

    unqualified; absolute; entire; sheer

    Etymology: [See Main, a.]

  14. Mainadjective

    principal; chief; first in size, rank, importance, etc

    Etymology: [See Main, a.]

  15. Mainadjective

    important; necessary

    Etymology: [See Main, a.]

  16. Mainadjective

    very; extremely; as, main heavy

    Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. main

    A continent or mainland. Also, figuratively, the ocean.

Editors Contribution

  1. main

    A type of duct or system to convey a public utility or form of natural resources.

    The water main was very efficient and provided an excellent service to its customers.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 28, 2020  

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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

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  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

Examples of main in a Sentence

  1. David Goggins:

    With the Virginia Payload Modules, we’re adding a body section that will house four additional Virginia Payload Tubes. That will allow you to go from 12 to 40 Tomahawks – that is the main driver or requirement for this new module.

  2. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. Biological infantilism atrophies in a person many useful qualities of survival due to selfishness, the population of mankind will be significantly reduced. 2. Machine logic Outside, we look like people, but inside we are as if machines that created evolution itself. Machine mechanisms of thinking moving from one extreme to another. The logic is completely automatic. Inside, everything works very accurately for a normal person, if something breaks, this person is called a madman. This is the absolute power of logic over everything. Robotic consciousness in which everything seems exotic when it is not a profit, but romance. 3. The subconscious mind is capricious and therefore paradoxical, it does not listen to the wisdom of the universe. 4. All reflexes of thinking are just gears twisted by the experience of life. 5. The main geography of the organism The basic geography of an organism is entirely based on the life experience of evolution. Constantly corrected by selfishness that will disrupt the basic ecosystem of thinking and human health. 6. Fear is the basis of all desires. 7. Cosmetics, clothing shopping and plastic surgery are pain relievers for your ego, dear ladies, but not a medicine. 8. We all admire geniuses. Before the talents. This is totemism. This is paganism where every genius as a god is responsible for his ability. We have become pagans of media mythology. 9. Sleep is self-criticism and self-irony. 10. Loneliness is when all the threads connecting with communication break and you stop being a puppet. 11. You will become more successful when all stupid desires die out in you. 12. Successful people are obsessed with the idea that they are always late. 13. A rich man thinks like a sultan. More secret wives, more mistresses, more prostitutes, he is not a prince, he just bought you like a barbie at a sex toy store. 14. The world is a masterpiece of adaptation and there is an endless space around us, but nature is our space. 15. Immortality which will give you to find the secrets of being. All the secrets of awareness will be revealed by eternity. 16. Thinking constantly mutates, instincts and reflexes acquire new qualities of ability, philosophy acquires new armor, and thinking new claws in the process of adaptation. 17. Insomnia is the epicenter of loneliness, a painful point of inevitability. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  3. Abu Samer:

    Large convoys of (government) troops are moving from the airport and from Ashrafiyat Sahnaya (the next town south), we are prepared to repel their assault but our main fear is for the civilians besieged in the town who face severe shortages of food.

  4. John Salmons:

    It's beautiful to watch but impossible to get through, the main roads were fine it was just the secondary roads that were worst.

  5. Hasso Plattner:

    SAP would not be what it is today without Bill McDermott, bill made invaluable contributions to this company and he was a main driver of SAP's transition to the cloud, which will fuel our growth for many years to come.

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