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main1 British & World English

Chief in size or importance

main2 British & World English

(In the game of hazard) a number (5, 6, 7, 8, or 9) called by a player before dice are thrown

Main British & World English

A river of SW Germany which rises in northern Bavaria and flows 500 km (310 miles) westwards, through Frankfurt, to meet the Rhine at Mainz

main English Thesaurus

the main office

gas main British & World English

The main pipe supplying gas to buildings

main beam British & World English

A principal beam which transmits a load directly to a column

main drag British & World English

The main street of a town

main line British & World English

A chief railway line

Main Line British & World English

A popular name for a series of affluent suburbs west of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, along the old Pennsylvania Railroad main line

main man British & World English

A close and trusted friend

main verb British & World English

The verb in a main clause

ring main British & World English

An electrical supply serving a series of consumers and returning to the original source, so that each consumer has an alternative path in the event of a failure

main line New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen when attributive, one word as verb)

main brace British & World English

The brace attached to the main yard of a sailing ship

main clause British & World English

A clause that can form a complete sentence standing alone, having a subject and a predicate

main course British & World English

The most substantial course of a meal

main street British & World English

The principal street of a town, traditionally the site of shops, banks, and other businesses

rising main British & World English

A vertical pipe that rises from the ground to supply mains water to a building

water main British & World English

The main pipe in a water supply system

main sequence British & World English

A series of types to which most stars belong, represented on a Hertzsprung-Russell diagram as a continuous band extending from the upper left (hot, bright stars) to the lower right (cool, dim stars)

main storage British & World English

The total memory available to executing programs, equivalent to RAM on modern computers

Spanish Main British & World English

The former name for the north coast of South America between the Orinoco River and Panama, and adjoining parts of the Caribbean Sea

coup de main British & World English

A sudden surprise attack, especially one made by an army during war

by main force British & World English

Through sheer strength

with might and main British & World English

With all one’s strength or power

splice the main brace British & World English

(In the navy) serve out an extra tot of rum

squeeze British & World English

A person’s girlfriend or boyfriend

have an eye to the main chance British & World English

Look or be looking for an opportunity to take advantage of a situation for personal gain

thrust British & World English

The principal purpose or theme of a course of action or line of reasoning

maintop British & World English

A platform around the head of the lower section of a sailing ship’s mainmast

maincrop British & World English

Denoting a vegetable produced as a principal crop of the season

mainmast British & World English

The principal mast of a ship, typically the second mast in a sailing ship of three or more masts

by main force in main1 British & World English

Through sheer strength

Main Street in main street British & World English

Used in reference to the materialism, mediocrity, or parochialism regarded as typical of small-town life

coups de main in coup de main British & World English

A sudden surprise attack, especially one made by an army during war


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