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GCIDE

  1. mainsnoun

    The source of electrical power in a building; the wiring system of a building.

Wiktionary

  1. mainsnoun

    The domestic electrical power supply.

    I plugged it into the mains and it blew up!

  2. mainsnoun

    The pipes of a centralized water supply that transport the water to individual buildings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mainsnoun

    the farm attached to a mansion house

    Etymology: [Scot. See Manse.]

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  1. Mains

    Mains in Scotland normally refers to the main buildings of a farm. This may include a farmhouse, farm buildings such as a byre and dairy, and workers' cottages. It is a pseudo-plural, actually being a Lowland Scots corruption of the French demesne, and so is never used in the form "Main". The mains was usually the principal farm on an estate, or at least the one with the most fertile ground. The Laird's house - if there was one - may have been nearby or some distance away but is not usually part of the mains. The equivalent in England would be a home farm or perhaps a manor. Many mains remain as working farms, while others have been converted to residential accommodation. Sometimes the buildings and/or farm have disappeared altogether and only the name survives. Mains occurs frequently in Scottish placenames, most noticeably/frequently in the north east of the country, and east coast, extending down into Fife. The usual form is "Mains of X", without the definite article, "the", for example, "Mains of Hallhead". However, the best known example of its use in a Scottish placename is Davidson's Mains, now a suburb of Edinburgh, which does not follow this form. Indeed south of the M8, Mains names almost invariably take the form "X Mains", as in "Mordington Mains". The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary notes the same word/corruption/usage to have occurred in Northern England, and farm names of the form "X Mains" can also be found in northern Northumberland. In some cases, new owners have renamed various mains, "manor" in ignorance of the distinction in Scotland. There are also occasional instances of the media using the tautology, "Mains of X farm". In the local area, it will often be referred to as "the mains".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mains

    mānz, n. (Scot.) the principal or home farm.

Anagrams for mains »

  1. Mansi

  2. minas

  3. imans

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mains in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mains in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of mains in a Sentence

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Body is morning dew that shines to the rise of the hands. (Corps est rosée du matin - Qui brille au lever des mains.)

  2. Charles de LEUSSE:

    The hands that are spaced are docks, where desires can dock. (Les mains écartées sont des quais, - Où les désirs peuvent accoster.)

  3. Mark Goldring:

    Oxfam does not have cross conflict line access, water does, and to the extent that those mains are operating, we have been supplying, as a humanitarian right, we will do all we can to supply water wherever we can get it.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Nous sommes tous des marionnettes dans les mains de Dieu, la puissance supreme! Avoir de solides foi et d'espérance , en particulier dans les phases difficiles de votre vie.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Vous aurez votre chance de reconnaître vos vrais amis pendant les phases les plus difficiles de votre vie; Tout comme vous serez en mesure de voir les étoiles seulement quand il est absolument sombre. Vos vrais amis sont ceux qui vous aident quand vous êtes 'down and out.' Amis applaudissent vous quand vous vous sentez triste, et vous chercher quand vous tombez. Vous ne devez pas oublier vos vrais amis et aider leurs mains quand vous vous levez à nouveau. Les vrais amis sont rares, mais ils sont toujours là, tout comme les étoiles qui brillent dans le ciel.

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