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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. principal duct or pipe, as distinguished from lesser ones; esp. ( Engin.), a principal pipe leading to or from a reservoir; as, a fire main.
  17. Very or extremely strong.
  18. Vast; huge.
  19. Unqualified; absolute; entire; sheer.
  20. Principal; chief; first in size, rank, importance, etc.
  21. Important; necessary.
  22. Very; extremely; as, main heavy.
  23. Chief; principal; sheer; as, by main strength; nautically, connected with the mainmast.
  24. 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.
  25. Might: strength.
  26. Chief, principal: first in importance: leading.
  27. The chief or principal part: the ocean or main sea: a continent or a larger island as compared with a smaller.
  28. Mainly, chiefly, principally.
  29. Chief; principal.
  30. Mainly.
  31. The chief part; the ocean.
  32. First; chief; principal; concentrated; undivided.
  33. The ocean.
  34. A chief conduit- pipe or conductor.
  35. Violent effort; strength.
  36. Principal; chief; leading; first in importance; vast; sheer; mere.
  37. The chief part; the gross; the bulk; the ocean; the mainland; a main pipe. Main chance, private advantage.
  38. Strength; force; violent effort.
  39. A hand at dice; a match at cock- fighting; a hamper.
  40. Chief; principal; first, as in size, rank, or importance; leading; important.
  41. 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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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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