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Main

 (mān, mīn)
A river rising in eastern Germany and flowing about 525 km (325 mi) generally westward to the Rhine River at Mainz.

main

 (mān)
adj.
1. Most important; principal. See Synonyms at chief.
2. Exerted to the utmost; sheer: "They took her off the sled by main strength" (Jack London).
3. Nautical Connected to or located near the mainmast: a main skysail.
4. Obsolete Of or relating to a continuous area or stretch, as of land or water.
n.
1. The chief or largest part: His ideas are, in the main, impractical.
2. The principal pipe or conduit in a system for conveying water, gas, oil, or other utility.
3. Physical strength: fought with might and main.
4. A mainland.
5. The open ocean.
6. Nautical
a. A mainsail.
b. A mainmast.
7. The main dish of a meal: "Unsurprisingly, the mains and their house-made condiments were the standouts of a recent meal" (Lindsey Tramuta).

[Middle English, from Old English mægen, strength; see magh- in Indo-European roots.]

main

(meɪn)
adj (prenominal)
1. chief or principal in rank, importance, size, etc
2. sheer or utmost (esp in the phrase by main force)
3. (Nautical Terms) nautical of, relating to, or denoting any gear, such as a stay or sail, belonging to the mainmast
4. obsolete significant or important
n
5. (Civil Engineering) a principal pipe, conduit, duct, or line in a system used to distribute water, electricity, etc
6. (Civil Engineering) (plural)
a. the main distribution network for water, gas, or electricity
b. (as modifier): mains voltage.
7. the chief or most important part or consideration
8. great strength or force (now chiefly in the phrase (with) might and main)
9. (Nautical Terms) literary the open ocean
10. (Historical Terms) archaic short for Spanish Main
11. (Nautical Terms) archaic short for Spanish Main
12. (Physical Geography) archaic short for mainland
13. in the main for the main on the whole; for the most part
[C13: from Old English mægen strength]

main

(meɪn)
n
1. (Gambling, except Cards) a throw of the dice in dice games
2. (Games, other than specified) a cockfighting contest
3. (General Sporting Terms) a match in archery, boxing, etc
[C16: of unknown origin]

Main

(meɪn; German main)
n
(Placename) a river in central and W Germany, flowing west through Würzburg and Frankfurt to the Rhine. Length: about 515 km (320 miles)

main

(meɪn)

adj.
1. chief in size, extent, or importance; principal; leading.
2. syntactically independent.
3. pertaining to or connected to a mainmast or mainsail.
4. sheer; utmost: by main strength.
5. Obs. of or pertaining to a broad expanse: main sea.
n.
6. a principal pipe or duct in a system used to distribute water, gas, etc.
7. physical strength or force: might and main.
8. the chief part or point: in the main, a good plan.
9. the open ocean: the bounding main.
10. mainland.
[before 900; Middle English meyn, strength, power, Old English mægen, derivative of the Germanic v. base *mag- may1;]

Main

(meɪn, maɪn)

n.
a river in central Germany, flowing W from N Bavaria into the Rhine at Mainz. 305 mi. (490 km) long.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.main - any very large body of (salt) watermain - any very large body of (salt) water
body of water, water - the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean); "they invaded our territorial waters"; "they were sitting by the water's edge"
high sea, international waters - the open seas of the world outside the territorial waters of any nation
hydrosphere - the watery layer of the earth's surface; includes water vapor
offing - the part of the sea that can be seen from the shore and is beyond the anchoring area; "there was a ship in the offing"
territorial waters - the waters surrounding a nation and its territories over which that nation exercises sovereign jurisdiction
2.main - a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewagemain - a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage
electric main - a main that distributes electricity
gas main - a main that distributes gas
infrastructure, base - the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area; "the industrial base of Japan"
pipage, pipe, piping - a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.
sewer line, sewer main - a main in a sewage system
water main - main (a pipe or conduit) for conveying water
Adj.1.main - 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"
important, of import - of great significance or value; "important people"; "the important questions of the day"
2.main - (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"
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
dependent, subordinate - (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; "a subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence"
3.main - of forcemain - of force; of the greatest possible intensity; "by main strength"
intense - possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree; "intense heat"; "intense anxiety"; "intense desire"; "intense emotion"; "the skunk's intense acrid odor"; "intense pain"; "enemy fire was intense"

main

plural noun
1. pipeline, channel, pipe, conduit, duct the water supply from the mains
2. cable, line, electricity supply, mains supply amplifiers which plug into the mains
in the main on the whole, generally, mainly, mostly, in general, for the most part In the main, children are taboo in the workplace.

main

adjective
Most important, influential, or significant:
Translations
أَسَاسِيّالخَط الرِّئيسيرَئيسي
hlavníhlavní vedení/potrubí
hoved-hovedledningvigtigste
ĉefa
pea-
pää-pääasiallinenpääjohtovaltaiso
glavni
fõvezeték
aîal-, megin-aîalæî
主な
주요한
laikrodžio spyruoklėmagistralėpagrindinė linijavyraujanti kryptis/tendencijažemynas
galvenaismaģistrāle
hlavné vedenie/potrubie
glavenpoglaviten
huvud-huvudsakligallmängenerell
หลัก
chủ yếu

main

[meɪn]
A. ADJ [reason, problem, aim, concern] → principal, fundamental; [gate, entrance] → principal
that was my main reason for doing itésa fue la razón principal or fundamental por (la) que lo hice
the main thing is that no one was hurtlo principal es que nadie resultó herido
the main thing is not to paniclo principal es no dejarse llevar por el pánico
B. N
1. (= pipe) → cañería f principal, conducto m principal; (= cable) → cable m principal
gas/water maincañería or conducto principal del gas/agua
the mains (Elec) → la red, la red de suministro; (for Gas, Water) → la red de suministro
the water in this tap comes from the mainsel agua de este grifo viene de la red de suministro
to turn the gas/water off at the mainscerrar la llave principal del gas/agua
to turn the electricity off at the mainsapagar la electricidad
this radio works on batteries or off the mainsesta radio funciona con pilas o conectada a la red
2. (liter) the main (= open sea) → la mar océana
the Spanish Mainel Mar Caribe
3. in the main (= generally speaking) → por lo general, por regla general, en general; (= in the majority) → por lo general, en su mayoría, en su mayor parte
the people she met were, in the main, wealthier than herla gente que conoció era, por lo general or en su mayoría or en su mayor parte, más rica que ella
4.
see might 2
C. CPD main beam N (Archit) → viga f maestra (Aut) → luces fpl largas, luz f larga
main clause N (Gram) → oración f principal
main course Nplato m principal
main deck N (Naut) → cubierta f principal
the main drag N (US) → la calle principal
main line N (Rail) → línea f principal
see also mainline main office N (= headquarters of organization) → sede f, oficina f central
main road Ncarretera f principal
main sheet N (Naut) → escota f mayor
main street Ncalle f mayor
the mains supply Nel suministro de la red

main

[ˈmeɪn]
adj
(= most important) → principal(e)
the main problem → le principal problème
the main thing → l'essentiel m
the main thing is to ... → l'essentiel est de ...
(= biggest) [door, gate, entrance] → principal(e)
n
(= pipe) → conduite f principale, canalisation f
in the main (= on the whole) → dans l'ensemble
see also mainsmain clause n (GRAMMAR) [sentence] → proposition f principalemain course nplat m principalmain drag n (mainly US)rue f principale

main

adj attrHaupt-; the main reasonder Hauptgrund; the main idea in this bookder Haupt- or Leitgedanke in diesem Buch; what is the main thing in life?was ist die Hauptsache im Leben?; the main thing is to …die Hauptsache ist, dass …; the main thing is you’re still aliveHauptsache, du lebst noch
n
(= pipe)Hauptleitung f; the mains (of town)das öffentliche Versorgungsnetz; (for electricity) → das Stromnetz; (of house)der Haupthahn; (for electricity) → der Hauptschalter; the machine is run directly off the mainsdas Gerät wird direkt ans Stromnetz angeschlossen; the water/gas/electricity was switched off at the mainsder Haupthahn/Hauptschalter für Wasser/Gas/Elektrizität wurde abgeschaltet
(poet) the maindas offene Meer, die hohe See
in the mainim Großen und Ganzen
? might2

main

:
mainbrace
nGroßbrasse f; to splice the mainRum an die Mannschaft ausgeben
main clause
n (Gram) → Hauptsatz m
main course
nHauptgericht nt
main deck
nHauptdeck nt
main drag
n (US inf: = main street) → Hauptstraße f
main drain
nHauptrohr nt; (for sewage) → Hauptkanal m
main establishment
n (Comm) → Hauptniederlassung f
main force
nrohe Gewalt
mainframe (computer)
nGroßrechner m, → Mainframe m
mainland
nFestland nt; on the main of Europeauf dem europäischen Festland
main line
n (Rail) → Hauptstrecke f
main-line
adj main trainSchnellzug m
mainline
vi (sl)fixen (inf)

main

:
main man
n (US inf)
(in film) → Hauptdarsteller m
(= best friend)bester Freund
mainmast
nHaupt- or Großmast m
main memory
n (Comput) → Hauptspeicher m
main menu
n (Comput) → Hauptmenü nt
main office
n (= headquarters)Zentrale f
main road
nHauptstraße f
mainsail
nHaupt- or Großsegel nt
mainsheet
n (Naut) → Großschot f

main

:
mainspring
n (Mech, fig) → Triebfeder f
mainstay
n (Naut) → Haupt- or Großstag nt; (fig)Stütze f

main

[meɪn]
1. adj (gen) → principale
the main body of an army → il grosso di un esercito
the main thing is to ... → l'essenziale è...
the main thing to remember is ... → soprattutto non bisogna dimenticare che...
2. n
a. (pipe, for water, gas) → conduttura or tubatura principale (Elec) → linea principale
main (sewer) → collettore m
see also mains
b. in the mainnel complesso, nell'insieme

main

(mein) adjective
chief, principal or most important. the main purpose; the main character in the story.
noun
(also mains) the chief pipe or cable in a branching system of pipes or cables. The water's been turned off at the main(s); (also adjective) the mains electricity supply.
ˈmainly adverb
more (of) the thing mentioned than anything else; mostly or largely. This skirt is mainly dark grey.
ˈmainland noun
a large piece of land as compared with neighbouring islands. Britain is not part of the mainland of Europe.
ˈmainspring noun
the chief spring, especially the spring that causes the wheels to move in a watch or clock.
ˈmainstream noun
the chief direction or trend of a system of theories, developments etc. the mainstream of traditional art.

main

أَسَاسِيّ hlavní vigtigste Haupt- κύριος principal pää- principal glavni principale 主な 주요한 hoofd- hoved- główny principal главный huvud- หลัก temel chủ yếu 主要的

main

a. principal; esencial;
adv. principalmente, esencialmente.
References in classic literature ?
Three white-headed children peeped over the fence, and an objectionable dog barked at them from the other side of the river with all his might and main.
With the young reporter at his side, he ventured in the light of day into Main Street or strode up and down on the rick- ety front porch of his own house, talking excitedly.
But the main fact is that it is made of solid gold, and may weigh anywhere from one to two tons.
I peeped over the edge of the bank to see the little stream that made the noise; it flowed along perfectly clear over the sand and gravel, cut off from the muddy main current by a long sandbar.
He had been seated before the door of the main house.
The scouts departed; strong guards preceded and followed the lumbering vehicles that bore the baggage; and before the gray light of the morning was mellowed by the rays of the sun, the main body of the combatants wheeled into column, and left the encampment with a show of high military bearing, that served to drown the slumbering apprehensions of many a novice, who was now about to make his first essay in arms.
They had marched beyond the Blue Licks to a remarkable bend of the main fork of Licking River, about forty-three miles from Lexington, as it is particularly represented in the map, where we overtook them on the nineteenth day.
A dozen rivals of Thompson's Saloon had sprung up along the narrow main street.
Summer squashes almost in their golden blossom; cucumbers, now evincing a tendency to spread away from the main stock, and ramble far and wide; two or three rows of string-beans and as many more that were about to festoon themselves on poles; tomatoes, occupying a site so sheltered and sunny that the plants were already gigantic, and promised an early and abundant harvest.
In accomplishing the main purpose, it has appeared allowable, by a few extra touches, to give a faint representation of a mode of life not heretofore described, together with some of the characters that move in it, among whom the author happened to make one.
It sounded dull--it sounded strange; and all the more so because of his main condition.
The main part of the steering is done at the bow, with a pole; the three-log breadth there furnishes room for only the steersman, for these little logs are not larger around than an average young lady's waist.