Definitions of mainly

  1. for the most part; " he is mainly interested in butterflies"
  2. Very strongly; mightily; to a great degree.
  3. For the most part.
  4. Principally; chiefly; for the most part.

Usage examples for mainly

  1. Moreover they are all sustained mainly from the criminal's own lips. – The Rise of the Dutch Republic, 1563-64 by John Lothrop Motley
  2. I hadn't much of a object; it was mainly cooriosity as took me there. – Silver Lake by R.M. Ballantyne
  3. " The last twenty years," continued the other, " from my present view- point, are valuable mainly for contrast." – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  4. Even the understanding of the best woman seems to work mainly through her affections. – Character by Samuel Smiles
  5. I had written on Hugh Vereker, but never a word in The Middle, where my dealings were mainly with the ladies and the minor poets. – Embarrassments by Henry James
  6. Christianity never became independent of office in India, and, I am afraid, never will; even under our rule, it still mainly rests upon that foundation. – Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official by William Sleeman
  7. Following the old woman, Donal ascended a steep and narrow stair, which soon brought him to a landing where was light, coming mainly through green leaves, for the window in the little passage was filled with plants. – Donal Grant by George MacDonald
  8. " It is mainly on my niece's account that we are so busy to- night," smiled the host. – Dave Darrin's Fourth Year at Annapolis by H. Irving Hancock
  9. She meanwhile, spoke to him in a low voice, mainly to prevent his talking, telling him of her father, of her mother's strain of nursing- of herself- she hardly knew what. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  10. She was angry, but her anger was mainly directed against Wilkinson. – The Girl From Keller's Sadie's Conquest by Harold Bindloss
  11. And his cavalry is mainly Rajput. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  12. Perhaps the G. R. Club was mainly responsible for this, but at all events it made matters a little happier for the teacher. – A Dear Little Girl at School by Amy E. Blanchard
  13. And the Major cheered the men on to a last effort, shouting the Forward Officer's message that the attack was failing, was breaking, was being wiped out mainly by the Battery's fire. – Between the Lines by Boyd Cable
  14. " It's mainly on account of Miss Irene," he said. – The Wheel O' Fortune by Louis Tracy
  15. In the most violently disturbed times indeed, those with which ordinary history is mainly occupied, science is quite impossible. – Pioneers of Science by Oliver Lodge
  16. It was very rare that the second hand did not thus follow or accompany the first; and this was extremely marked in the violent reaching for which the right hand was mainly used. – The Story of the Mind by James Mark Baldwin
  17. The reason why he read more of Roman law than is now required in legal education was mainly that there was more time for it, since of English law reports there were then few, and of American none. – The American Judiciary by Simeon E. Baldwin, LLD
  18. This was thrown back mainly by our artillery fire. – 1914 by John French, Viscount of Ypres
  19. From this time forward the order consisted mainly of blacks with enough whites for leaders. – The Sequel of Appomattox A Chronicle of the Reunion of the States, Volume 32 In The Chronicles Of America Series by Walter Lynwood Fleming
  20. But these things were mainly " above stairs." – Mark Twain, A Biography, Vol. 1, Part 1, 1835-1866 The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine