“The main hospital was destroyed ten days ago by rockets,” says Abdi.
When Girls returns the main characters are trying, with varying levels of success, to move on from assorted rock bottoms.
Bullhooks, whippings, and electric shocks were used as the main methods of discipline and training for their exotic animals.
The main political parties all claim to champion gender equality.
To attacks on its main metropolis, Israel would respond with exceeding severity.
In these buildings the main girders cross the building at 20-ft.
All this while the Spanish gunboat had been firing away with all her might and main.
A dreadful storm is on the main, and our ship is like a leaf in the winds.
The last order was to set the main gaff-topsail; and then we had all sail on.
With the Russian official the main thing is the passport, not the baggage.
Old English mægen (n.) "power, bodily strength, force, efficacy," from Proto-Germanic *maginam "power," suffixed form of PIE root *magh- (1) "be able, have power" (see may (v.)). Original sense preserved in phrase with might and main. Meaning "principal channel in a utility system" is first recorded 1727 in main drain; Used since 1540s for "continuous stretch of land or water." In Spanish Main the word is short for mainland and refers to the coast between Panama and Orinoco.
early 13c., "large, bulky, strong," from Old English mægen- "power, strength, force," used in compounds (e.g. mægensibb "great love," mægenbyrðen "heavy burden;" see main (n.)), probably also from or influenced by Old Norse megenn (adj.) "strong, powerful." Sense of "chief" is c.1400. Main course in the meal sense attested from 1829. Main man "favorite male friend; hero" is from 1967, U.S. black slang.
Favorite; most admired; beloved: This is my main nigger, my number one nigger (1960s+ Black)