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Meaning of MAIN

Pronunciation:  meyn

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage
  2. [n]  any very large body of (salt) water
 

MAIN is a 4 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: briny
 
 See Also: base, body of water, electric main, gas main, high sea, hydrosphere, infrastructure, international waters, offing, pipage, pipe, piping, sewer line, sewer main, territorial waters, water, water main

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Main\, n. [F. main hand, L. manus. See {Manual}.]
    1. A hand or match at dice. --Prior. Thackeray.
    
    2. A stake played for at dice. [Obs.] --Shak.
    
    3. The largest throw in a match at dice; a throw at dice
       within given limits, as in the game of hazard.
    
    4. A match at cockfighting. ``My lord would ride twenty miles
       . . . to see a main fought.'' --Thackeray.
    
    5. A main-hamper. [Obs.] --Ainsworth.
    
    
  2. \Main\, n. [AS. m[ae]gen strength, power, force; akin to
    OHG. magan, Icel. megin, and to E. may, v. ?. See {May}, v.]
    1. Strength; force; might; violent effort. [Obs., except in
       certain phrases.]
    
             There were in this battle of most might and main.
                                                   --R. of Gl.
    
             He 'gan advance, With huge force, and with
             importable main.                      --Spenser.
    
    2. The chief or principal part; the main or most important
       thing. [Obs., except in special uses.]
    
             Resolved to rest upon the title of Lancaster as the
             main, and to use the other two . . . but as
             supporters.                           --Bacon.
    
    3. Specifically:
       (a) The great sea, as distinguished from an arm, bay,
           etc.; the high sea; the ocean. ``Struggling in the
           main.'' --Dryden.
       (b) The continent, as distinguished from an island; the
           mainland. ``Invaded the main of Spain.'' --Bacon.
       (c) principal duct or pipe, as distinguished from lesser
           ones; esp. (Engin.), a principal pipe leading to or
           from a reservoir; as, a fire main.
    
    {Forcing main}, the delivery pipe of a pump.
    
    {For the main}, or {In the main}, for the most part; in the
       greatest part.
    
    {With might and main}, or {With all one's might and main},
       with all one's strength; with violent effort.
    
             With might and main they chased the murderous fox.
                                                   --Dryden.
    
    
  3. \Main\, a. [From {Main} strength, possibly influenced by
    OF. maine, magne, great, L. magnus. Cf. {Magnate}.]
    1. Very or extremely strong. [Obs.]
    
             That current with main fury ran.      --Daniel.
    
    2. Vast; huge. [Obs.] ``The main abyss.'' --Milton.
    
    3. Unqualified; absolute; entire; sheer. [Obs.] ``It's a man
       untruth.'' --Sir W. Scott.
    
    4. Principal; chief; first in size, rank, importance, etc.
    
             Our main interest is to be happy as we can.
                                                   --Tillotson.
    
    5. Important; necessary. [Obs.]
    
             That which thou aright Believest so main to our
             success, I bring.                     --Milton.
    
    {By main force}, by mere force or sheer force; by violent
       effort; as, to subdue insurrection by main force.
    
             That Maine which by main force Warwick did win.
                                                   --Shak.
    
    {By main strength}, by sheer strength; as, to lift a heavy
       weight by main strength.
    
    {Main beam} (Steam Engine), working beam.
    
    {Main boom} (Naut.), the boom which extends the foot of the
       mainsail in a fore and aft vessel.
    
    {Main brace}.
       (a) (Mech.) The brace which resists the chief strain. Cf.
           {Counter brace}.
       (b) (Naut.) The brace attached to the main yard.
    
    {Main center} (Steam Engine), a shaft upon which a working
       beam or side lever swings.
    
    {Main chance}. See under {Chance}.
    
    {Main couple} (Arch.), the principal truss in a roof.
    
    {Main deck} (Naut.), the deck next below the spar deck; the
       principal deck.
    
    {Main keel} (Naut.), the principal or true keel of a vessel,
       as distinguished from the false keel.
    
    Syn: Principal; chief; leading; cardinal; capital.
    
    
  4. \Main\, adv. [See {Main}, a.]
    Very; extremely; as, main heavy. ``I'm main dry.'' --Foote.
    [Obs. or Low]
    
    
 
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