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Definitions of main

  1. any very large body of ( salt) water
  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"
  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"
  4. a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage
  5. of force; of the greatest possible intensity; " by main strength"
  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"
  7. Hand.
  8. A hand or match at dice.
  9. A stake played for at dice.
  10. The largest throw in a match at dice; a throw at dice within given limits, as in the game of hazard.
  11. A match at cockfighting.
  12. A main- hamper.
  13. Strength; force; might; violent effort.
  14. The chief or principal part; the main or most important thing.
  15. The great sea, as distinguished from an arm, bay, etc. ; the high sea; the ocean.
  16. The continent, as distinguished from an island; the mainland.
  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.
  18. Very or extremely strong.
  19. Vast; huge.
  20. Unqualified; absolute; entire; sheer.
  21. Principal; chief; first in size, rank, importance, etc.
  22. Important; necessary.
  23. Very; extremely; as, main heavy.
  24. Chief; principal; sheer; as, by main strength; nautically, connected with the mainmast.
  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.
  26. Might: strength.
  27. Chief, principal: first in importance: leading.
  28. The chief or principal part: the ocean or main sea: a continent or a larger island as compared with a smaller.
  29. Mainly, chiefly, principally.
  30. Chief; principal.
  31. Mainly.
  32. The chief part; the ocean.
  33. First; chief; principal; concentrated; undivided.
  34. The ocean.
  35. A chief conduit- pipe or conductor.
  36. Violent effort; strength.
  37. Principal; chief; leading; first in importance; vast; sheer; mere.
  38. The chief part; the gross; the bulk; the ocean; the mainland; a main pipe. Main chance, private advantage.
  39. Strength; force; violent effort.
  40. A hand at dice; a match at cock- fighting; a hamper.
  41. Chief; principal; first, as in size, rank, or importance; leading; important.
  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.
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Quotes of main

  1. I think it is necessary to sit down and work for years and years to get it right. I think that's the main thing, that's what the emphasis has got to be on: individual work. – Larry Brown
  2. Back in the day, a pair of tight jeans was enough to earn a girl a bad reputation. Now slutty has gone Main Street. – Linda Chavez
  3. The beauty of a main title is that you establish your main theme and maybe a bit of your secondary theme. You plant the seed that you're going to go water later in the score. And so, having that removed just made it so much more difficult. – Danny Elfman
  4. It's what the Pixies always said about music- they were writing songs and just trying not to be boring. That was their main motivation and it worked for them. I remember reading that and thinking that was the way to do it. – Jonny Greenwood
  5. The foodstuff, carbohydrate, is essentially a packet of hydrogen, a hydrogen supplier, a hydrogen donor, and the main event during its combustion is the splitting off of hydrogen. – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
  6. The main thing I'm into is going about on a bike, taking random routes; I'm really into the idea of making up journeys, and just seeing where they take you, because they always end up taking you someplace freaky. – Tom Jenkinson
  7. The main thing is that it's nice to see these young people- 9 to 14 years old- take the opportunity to get more involved in their health and fitness. We need more kids to be more active. – Rafer Johnson
  8. My main point in this regard was to compete for my country and my people and to receive the support of the entire Cuban society, to carry my flag in whatever competition I was in, the Olympic Games, Pan -American Games. – Alberto Juantorena
  9. There are relatively few science fiction or fantasy books with the main character being an old person. – Elizabeth Moon
  10. The most important thing is that it's much more fun to play in a band than to be in an audience in a club. That's the main thing I think, that you can do it. – Ikue Mori
  11. I'll always do the guitar parts since it's my main instrument. – Trevor Rabin
  12. I used a baritone guitar with a very unusual tuning that became the body of the composition, while the classical guitar is on top of it with the main rhythm part. – Lee Ritenour
  13. And that, to me, is the main attraction to comics. It's an avenue to say what you want to say. – Bill Sienkiewicz
  14. The main point for me is moral; animals are sentient beings. I know for some this is a hard argument to accept, but we're not built to eat a lot of meat. – Grace Slick
  15. We shouldn't feel restricted by our sexuality, and our sexuality doesn't have to be a cultural choice. That's an amazing variety of music within those five main performers. – Neil Tennant

Usage examples for main

  1. From England, in the main we believe. – A Letter to the Hon. Samuel Eliot, Representative in Congress From the City of Boston, In Reply to His Apology For Voting For the Fugitive Slave Bill. by Hancock
  2. We pushed on till we got again to old Mr. Brown's, which was still about thirty miles from where we had left the main army. – A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee. by Davy Crockett
  3. The main fact is that she has given up her game. – The Puppet Crown by Harold MacGrath
  4. The Main Street lot's a good one, and my house'll look good on it. – The Depot Master by Joseph C. Lincoln
  5. James, on his feet, shouted with might and main and presently was answered from near at hand. – Love and Lucy by Maurice Henry Hewlett
  6. The main thing in life is to know what you want to do and do it. – The Firing Line by Robert W. Chambers
  7. Over the main door were the family arms. – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly
  8. The main had been left for a while longer. – The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson
  9. " You have an eye to the main chance yourself have you? – The Valley of the Giants by Peter B. Kyne
  10. That was not the main thing he was looking for. – Frank Merriwell's Races by Burt L. Standish
  11. His main purpose was to live in comfortable quarters at the King's expense, while awaiting for the promised letter from the Earl of Marlborough. – The Blue Pavilions by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  12. I had charge of a lamp at Macdonald's once, when my mother went to the main for a week; but then, if it went out, nobody was much the worse. – The Billow and the Rock by Harriet Martineau
  13. This was the Scollays' story and I think we all believed that in the main it was true. – The Man From the Clouds by J. Storer Clouston
  14. We must get down to the mouth of the river and out into the main stream as soon as possible," and having fully made up his mind what he would do, he turned to Helen Perowne. – One Maid's Mischief by George Manville Fenn
  15. Its main business is not saving people out of the world, it is saving the world. – The Church and Modern Life by Washington Gladden
  16. When we crossed over on the tree we supposed that we had crossed over the main body of the river, but we had not proceeded far on our journey before we found that we were on an Island surrounded by water on either side. – Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave, Written by Himself by Henry Bibb
  17. " It is generally their own fault if they don't get the main things," he insisted. – The Wicked Marquis by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  18. " You can't leave by the main road. – Tom of the Raiders by Austin Bishop
  19. I shall succeed,- I know I shall succeed, because I shall work with all my might and main and also because I shall try to do so much good with my money. – The Old Stone House by Anne March
  20. The main fact is that they get here- law or no law. – Courts and Criminals by Arthur Train

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