More definitions of MainDefinition of Main in:
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- Chief in size or importance: a main road the main problem is one of resourcesMore example sentences
principal, chief, head, leading, foremost, most important, major, ruling, dominant, central, focal, key, prime, master, premier, primary, first, first-line, fundamental, supreme, predominant, (most) prominent, preeminent, paramount, overriding, cardinal, crucial, critical, pivotal, salient, elemental, essential, staple
- With the forthcoming London mayoral elections in June, the three main candidates have thrown their hats into the ring.
- The only way out is the one and only main gate.
- I wandered about, and sat for a while in the main choir listening to the organ.
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- 1A principal pipe carrying water or gas to buildings, or taking sewage from them: a faulty gas mainMore example sentences
- It was also delivering water to the camp, where many mains and sewage pipes are broken.
- Numerous leaks have developed from broken water pipes and mains.
- There were reports of broken water and gas mains around northern Kyushu, and bullet trains and other railways and subways suspended operations, but later resumed running.
- 1.1British A principal cable carrying electricity.More example sentences
- Faulks said the alarm was not properly connected to electrical mains and would have had to rely on a back-up battery even if switched on.
by main force
- Through sheer strength.More example sentences
- The point of the author is that the accursed sons are trying to claim the blessing given to Shem by main force, as though power and strength are our salvation.
- The initial reflex of the regime was to do what it has always done, i.e. crushing the slightest show of opposition by main force.
- And then we shall henceforth decide by main force what truth and goodness shall be.
in the main
- On the whole; chiefly.More example sentences
- The food itself, even though important, is, in the main, a way of coalescing social life.
- The Church was vibrant, tolerant and its priests were in the main, hard working.
- These, in the main, are young people committing offences against other young people.
Middle English: from Old English mægen 'physical force', reinforced by Old Norse meginn, megn 'strong, powerful', both from a Germanic base meaning 'have power'.
- 1 • historical A match between fighting cocks.More example sentences
- At a big cockfight main with Massa Lea early during the 1824 season, Uncle Mingo heard from an old trainer he had known for years that a hackfight was due to be held that coming Saturday afternoon behind the large barn of a local plantation.
late 16th century: probably from the phrase main chance.