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Definitions of main

  1. Strength; force; might; violent effort. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. The chief or principal part; the main or most important thing. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The great sea, as distinguished from an arm, bay, etc. ; the high sea; the ocean. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. principal duct or pipe, as distinguished from lesser ones; esp. (Engin.), a principal pipe leading to or from a reservoir; as, a fire main. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. A stake played for at dice. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The largest throw in a match at dice; a throw at dice within given limits, as in the game of hazard. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A match at cockfighting. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A main-hamper. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The ocean; strength; now used only in the expression with might and main; the essential point; a principal conduit or pipe; as, a water main; in the main; for the most part. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Might: strength. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. The chief or principal part: the ocean or main sea: a continent or a larger island as compared with a smaller. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. The chief part; the ocean. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. The ocean. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. A chief conduit-pipe or conductor. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Violent effort; strength. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. The chief part; the gross; the bulk; the ocean; the mainland; a main pipe. Main chance, private advantage. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Strength; force; violent effort. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. A hand at dice; a match at cock-fighting; a hamper. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. The gross bulk or whole; violence, force, or effort, as, he fought with might and main; the greater part; the ocean or sea; the land as distinguished from adjoining islands; a chief drain or pipe. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. Mainly, chiefly, principally. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  23. (grammar) of a clause; able to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; "the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. of force; of the greatest possible intensity; "by main strength" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. of a clause; able to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; "the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. Very or extremely strong. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. Vast; huge. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. Unqualified; absolute; entire; sheer. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. Principal; chief; first in size, rank, importance, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. Important; necessary. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. Very; extremely; as, main heavy. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. Chief; principal; sheer; as, by main strength; nautically, connected with the mainmast. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  33. Chief, principal: first in importance: leading. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  34. Chief; principal. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  35. Mainly. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  36. First; chief; principal; concentrated; undivided. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. Principal; chief; leading; first in importance; vast; sheer; mere. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  38. Chief; principal; first, as in size, rank, or importance; leading; important. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for main

  1. " You have an eye to the main chance yourself have you? – The Valley of the Giants by Peter B. Kyne
  2. We pushed on till we got again to old Mr. Brown's, which was still about thirty miles from where we had left the main army. – A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee. by Davy Crockett
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