Associations to the word «Main»


MAIN, adjective. (obsolete) Great in size or degree; vast; strong; powerful; important.
MAIN, adjective. Principal; prime; chief; leading; of chief or principal importance. [from 15th c.]
MAIN, adjective. Principal or chief in size or extent; largest; consisting of the largest part; most important by reason or size or strength.
MAIN, adjective. Full; undivided; sheer (of strength, force etc.). [from 16th c.]
MAIN, adjective. (nautical) Belonging to or connected with the principal mast in a vessel.
MAIN, adjective. (dialectal) Big; angry.
MAIN, adverb. (British) (dialectal) Very; very much; greatly; mightily; extremely; exceedingly.
MAIN, noun. (obsolete) (except in might and main) Strength; power; force; violent effort. [from 9th c.]
MAIN, noun. That which is chief or principal; the chief or main portion; the gross; the bulk; the greater part.
MAIN, noun. (now archaic) (US dialectal) The mainland. [from 16th c.]
MAIN, noun. (now poetic) The high seas. [from 16th c.]
MAIN, noun. A large pipe or cable providing utility service to a building or area, such as water main or electric main. [from 17th c.]
MAIN, noun. (nautical) The mainsail. [from 17th c.]
MAIN, noun. A hand or match in a game of dice.
MAIN, noun. A stake played for at dice.
MAIN, noun. The largest throw in a match at dice; a throw at dice within given limits, as in the game of hazard.
MAIN, noun. A match at cockfighting.
MAIN, noun. A main-hamper, or fruit basket.
MAIN, proper noun. A river in southern Germany, flowing from Bavaria to the Rhine.
MAIN BATTLE TANK, noun. The primary tank of a country or armed forces.
MAIN BATTLE TANK, noun. (military) A tank with a good balance of firepower, cross-country mobility, and armoured protection, and therefore capable of carrying out the roles of breakthrough, exploitation and infantry support.
MAIN BUILDING, noun. The most important building of a group of buildings (e.g. in a school/university).
MAIN BUILDINGS, noun. Plural of main building
MAIN CHANCE, noun. (obsolete) A venture which stands the best likelihood of success; a risk; fortune (of a person, country etc.). [16th-18th c.]
MAIN CHANCE, noun. One's primary interest in life; livelihood, especially an opportunity to benefit oneself. [from 16th c.]
MAIN CLAUSE, noun. (grammar) A clause that can stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence and contains at least a subject and a verb.
MAIN CLAUSES, noun. Plural of main clause
MAIN COURSE, noun. The main serving or dish of a meal, usually cooked.
MAIN COURSES, noun. Plural of main course
MAIN DIAGONAL, noun. (linear algebra) The (imagined) diagonal line from the top left to the bottom right of a square matrix.
MAIN DIAGONALS, noun. Plural of main diagonal
MAIN DRAG, noun. Used other than as an idiom: see main,‎ drag.
MAIN DRAG, noun. (informal) The main street of a town or suburb, or the principal highway passing through a rural area.
MAIN DRAGS, noun. Plural of main drag
MAIN DROITE, noun. (music) In musical notation, an instruction for the pianist to use the right hand.
MAIN EARTH, noun. (fox hunting) A fox's primary lair. [from 19th c.]
MAIN GAUCHE, noun. (music) In musical notation, an instruction for the pianist to use the left hand.
MAIN GAUCHE, noun. (weapons) A type of parrying dagger.
MAIN GROUP, noun. (chemistry) In the periodic table of the elements, any of the eight groups (columns) of elements that contain the lightest (and most common) elements.
MAIN GROUP ELEMENT, noun. (inorganic chemistry) (physics) Any chemical element from the main group.
MAIN GROUP ELEMENTS, noun. Plural of main group element
MAIN HOUSE, noun. The largest house on an estate or parcel.
MAIN HOUSES, noun. Plural of main house
MAIN LINE, noun. The principal route or line of a railway.
MAIN LINE, noun. (fishing) In longline fishing the central line to which the branch lines with baits are attached.
MAIN LINE, noun. (slang) A principal vein into which a drug can be injected.
MAIN LINES, noun. Plural of main line
MAIN MAN, noun. (informal) (idiomatic) (chiefly African American Vernacular English) One's closest male friend.
MAIN MEMORY, noun. (computing) The primary volatile memory of a computer, not including memory cache nor persistent disk storage, nor external storage.
MAIN MEN, noun. Plural of main man
MAIN ROAD, noun. A major road in a town or village, or in a country area.
MAIN ROAD, noun. (New England) (UK) A major urban road, off which lead many smaller streets, many of them cul-de-sacs.
MAIN ROAD, noun. (South Africa) High Street; Main Street
MAIN ROADS, noun. Plural of main road
MAIN SEQUENCE, proper noun. (star): A major grouping of stars that creates a narrow band from the upper left to the lower right when plotted by luminosity and surface temperature on a Hertzsprung-Russell diagram.
MAIN SEQUENCE, proper noun. The area on the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram in which the main sequence is located.
MAIN SEQUENCE, proper noun. Used other than as an idiom: see main,‎ sequence.
MAIN SHEET, noun. Alternative form of mainsheet
MAIN STAGE, noun. Alternative form of mainstage
MAIN STREET, proper noun. The generic street name (and often the official name) of the primary retail street of a village, town, or small city in the United States, Canada, Ireland, some parts of Scotland and also in some countries in central Europe.
MAIN STREET, proper noun. (idiomatic) (North America) Collectively, everyday working-class people and small business owners, especially with regard to their concerns, social views, etc.
MAIN VERB, noun. (grammar) the verb in a clause with the highest semantic content
MAIN WHEEL, noun. Any of the main wheels of a device (such as an aircraft or wheelchair) that has multiple wheels.
MAIN WHEELS, noun. Plural of main wheel

Dictionary definition

MAIN, noun. Any very large body of (salt) water.
MAIN, noun. A principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage.
MAIN, 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".
MAIN, 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".
MAIN, adjective. Of force; of the greatest possible intensity; "by main strength".

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