main1 [meyn] /meɪn/ Show IPA
chief in size, extent, or importance; principal; leading:
the company's main office; the main features of a plan.
sheer; utmost, as strength or force:
to lift a stone by main force.
of or pertaining to a broad expanse:
syntactically independent; capable of use in isolation.
of or pertaining to a mainmast.
noting or pertaining to a sail, yard, boom, etc., or to any rigging belonging to a mainmast.
noting any stay running aft and upward to the head of a mainmast:
main topmast stay.
having or exerting great strength or force; mighty.
having momentous or important results; significant.
a principal pipe or duct in a system used to distribute water, gas, etc.
physical strength, power, or force:
to struggle with might and main.
the chief or principal part or point:
The main of their investments was lost during the war.
the open ocean; high sea:
the bounding main.
South Midland U.S. (chiefly Appalachian) .
The dogs treed a main big coon.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
in the main,
for the most part; chiefly:
In the main, the novel was dull reading.
before 900; (noun) Middle English meyn, mayn strength, power, Old English mægen, cognate with Old Norse megin(n), megn strength; (adj.) Middle English mayn, partly < Old Norse megenn, megn strong, partly independent use of Old English mægen (noun) taken as an adj. in compounds, as in mægen-weorc, literally, work of might
1. cardinal, prime, paramount, primary, capital. 2. pure, direct. 7. conduit. 8. might.
1. secondary, least. 8. weakness.