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archaic or poetic with great strength, speed, or haste
[C16: from a-2 + main1]
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adv. Archaic.
1. with full force.
2. at full speed.
3. suddenly; hastily.
4. exceedingly; greatly.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.amain - at full speedamain - at full speed; with great haste; "the children ran down the hill amain"
2.amain - with all your strengthamain - with all your strength; "he pulled the ropes amain"
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References in classic literature ?
But as the strange captain, leaning over the pallid bulwarks, was in the act of putting his trumpet to his mouth, it somehow fell from his hand into the sea; and the wind now rising amain, he in vain strove to make himself heard without it.
Now gallants tap their two-edged swords, And pride and passion swell amain; Like red stars flashing through the night The circling wine-cups brim again.
What when we fled amain, pursu'd and strook With Heav'ns afflicting Thunder, and besought The Deep to shelter us?
Sin and Death amain Following his track, such was the will of Heav'n, Pav'd after him a broad and beat'n way Over the dark Abyss, whose boiling Gulf Tamely endur'd a Bridge of wondrous length From Hell continu'd reaching th' utmost Orbe Of this frail World; by which the Spirits perverse With easie intercourse pass to and fro To tempt or punish mortals, except whom God and good Angels guard by special grace.
Riches are mine, fortune is in my hand; They whom I favour thrive in wealth amain, While virtue, valour, wisdom, sit in want." To whom thus Jesus patiently replied:-- "Yet wealth without these three is impotent To gain dominion, or to keep it gained-- Witness those ancient empires of the earth, In highth of all their flowing wealth dissolved; But men endued with these have oft attained, In lowest poverty, to highest deeds-- Gideon, and Jephtha, and the shepherd lad Whose offspring on the throne of Juda sate So many ages, and shall yet regain That seat, and reign in Israel without end.
'I care not for Spring; on his fickle wing Let the blossoms and buds be borne; He woos them amain with his treacherous rain, And he scatters them ere the morn.
Truly, I do love this life mightily." At this merry Robin Hood laughed amain, and bade him stay and become one of their band if he wished.
Apollyon therefore followed his work amain, and Christian again took courage and resisted as manfully as he could.
THESEUS Enough of words; the captors speed amain, While we the victims stand debating here.
Now with the flames of ever-burning fire I'll wing myself, and forthwith fly amain Unto my Faustus, to the Great Turk's court.
While Antonio is speaking metaphorically, the stage's appearance contradicts his lines, the stage being literally draped in black, a detail emphasized by the prologue, which warns anyone unwilling to be disturbed by violent tragedy to 'Hurry amain from our black-visaged shows; / We shall affright their eyes' (Prologue 20-1, italics mine).