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Definitions of main

  1. any very large body of (salt) water Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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
  3. (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
  4. a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. of force; of the greatest possible intensity; "by main strength" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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
  7. Hand. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  8. A hand or match at dice. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A stake played for at dice. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The largest throw in a match at dice; a throw at dice within given limits, as in the game of hazard. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A match at cockfighting. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A main-hamper. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Strength; force; might; violent effort. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. The chief or principal part; the main or most important thing. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. The great sea, as distinguished from an arm, bay, etc. ; the high sea; the ocean. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. The continent, as distinguished from an island; the mainland. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. 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
  18. Very or extremely strong. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Vast; huge. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Unqualified; absolute; entire; sheer. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Principal; chief; first in size, rank, importance, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Important; necessary. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Very; extremely; as, main heavy. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Might: strength. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  27. Chief, principal: first in importance: leading. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  28. 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.
  29. Mainly, chiefly, principally. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  30. Chief; principal. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. Mainly. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  32. The chief part; the ocean. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  33. First; chief; principal; concentrated; undivided. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. The ocean. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. A chief conduit-pipe or conductor. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. Violent effort; strength. 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. 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.
  39. Strength; force; violent effort. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. L. Fr. A hand. More commonly written "mcpn." thelawdictionary.org
  44. Principal; chief; first in size, rank, importance, etc.; as, the main reason to go; the main proponent. dictgcide_fs
  45. m[=a]n, n. might: strength. [A.S. mægen.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  46. m[=a]n, 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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  47. m[=a]n, n. a hand at dice: a match at cockfighting: a banker's shovel for coin. [O. Fr. main--L. manus, hand.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  48. (In game of hazard) number (5, 6, 7, 8, or 9) called by caster before dice are thrown; match between cocks. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  49. Physical force (only in with might &m.); Spanish m.; (poet.) high sea; in the m., for the most part; principal channel, duct, &c., for water, sewage, &c. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  50. Exerted to the full, as by m. force; chief in size or extent, as the m. body (of army &c.); principal, most important, as them. point (in argument), m. line (of railway), whence mainly adv.; have an eye to the m. chance (one\'s own interests); (Naut.) m.-brace (attached to m.-yard, esp. in slang phr. splice the m.-brace, drink freely), m.-deck, (in man of war) deck next below spar-deck, (in merchantman) upper deck between poop& forecastle, mainmast, principal mast, mainsail, (in square-rigged vessel) sail that is bent to the m.-yard, (in fore-&-aft rigged vessel) sail set on after part of mainmast, mainstay, stay from maintop to foot of foremast, (fig.) chief support, m.-top, platform above head of lower mainmast, m.-yard, yard on which mainsail is extended; mainland, extent of land including greater part of a country; mainspring, principal spring of watch, clock, &c. [old Norse] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  51. Hand. [Fr.]. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  52. n. A throw at dice a match in cockfighting Cabinet Dictionary

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