Definition of Main

1. Noun. Any very large body of (salt) water.

Exact synonyms: Briny
Generic synonyms: Body Of Water, Water
Terms within: High Sea, International Waters, Offing, Territorial Waters
Group relationships: Hydrosphere
Derivative terms: Briny

2. Adjective. Most important element. "A master switch"
Exact synonyms: Chief, Master, Primary, Principal
Similar to: Important, Of Import

3. Noun. A principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage.
Specialized synonyms: Electric Main, Gas Main, Sewer Line, Sewer Main, Water Main
Group relationships: Base, Infrastructure
Generic synonyms: Pipage, Pipe, Piping

4. 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"
Exact synonyms: Independent
Category relationships: Grammar
Antonyms: Dependent

5. Adjective. Of force; of the greatest possible intensity. "By main strength"
Similar to: Intense

Definition of Main

1. n. A hand or match at dice.

2. n. Strength; force; might; violent effort.

3. a. Very or extremely strong.

4. adv. Very; extremely; as, main heavy.

Definition of Main

1. Proper noun. A river in southern Germany, flowing from Bavaria to the Rhine. ¹

2. Adjective. (obsolete) Great in size or degree; vast; strong; powerful; important. ¹

3. Adjective. Principal; prime; chief; leading; of chief or pricipal importance. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

4. Adjective. Principal or chief in size or extent; largest; consisting of the largest part; most important by reason or size or strength. ¹

5. Adjective. Full; undivided; sheer (of strength, force etc.). (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

6. Adjective. (context: nautical) Belonging to or connected with the principal mast in a vessel. ¹

7. Adjective. (dialectal) Big; angry. ¹

8. Adverb. (British dialectal) Very; very much; greatly; mightily; extremely; exceedingly. ¹

9. Noun. (obsolete except in might and main) Strength; power; force; violent effort. (defdate from 9th c.) ¹

10. Noun. That which is chief or principal; the chief or main portion; the gross; the bulk; the greater part. ¹

11. Noun. (context: now archaic US dialectal) The mainland. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

12. Noun. (context: now poetic) The high seas. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

13. Noun. A large pipe or cable providing utility service to a building or area, such as water main or electric main. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

14. Noun. (nautical) The mainsail. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

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Definition of Main

1. the principal part [n -S]

Medical Definition of Main

1. 1. Very or extremely strong. "That current with main fury ran." (Daniel) 2. Vast; huge. "The main abyss." 3. Unqualified; absolute; entire; sheer. "It's a man untruth." . 4. Principal; chief; first in size, rank, importance, etc. "Our main interest is to be happy as we can." (Tillotson) 5. Important; necessary. "That which thou aright Believest so main to our success, I bring." (Milton) By main force, by mere force or sheer force; by violent effort; as, to subdue insurrection by main force. "That Maine which by main force Warwick did win." (Shak) By main strength, by sheer strength; as, to lift a heavy weight by main strength. Main beam, the principal or true keel of a vessel, as distinguished from the false keel. Synonym: Principal, chief, leading, cardinal, capital. Origin: From Main strength, possibly influenced by OF. Maine, magne, great, L. Magnus. Cf. Magnate. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Main

maimonides' prayer
main (current term)
main battle tank
main building
main buildings
main chance
main clause
main clauses

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