the principal entry of an item in a reference text, often placed in alphabetical order.
Library Science. the principal, complete entry of an item in a catalog or bibliography, giving full information on the item, often including its location, and the form by which the item is to be consistently identified and cited.


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    [mey-ner] /ˈmeɪ nər/ noun 1. a native or inhabitant of the state of . [meyn] /meɪn/ adjective 1. chief in size, extent, or importance; principal; leading: the company’s main office; the main features of a plan. 2. sheer; utmost, as strength or force: to lift a stone by main force. 3. of or relating to […]

  • Main-force

    [meyn-fawrs, -fohrs] /ˈmeɪnˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs/ adjective 1. pertaining to regular military units with standard uniforms and equipment.

  • Mainframe

    [meyn-freym] /ˈmeɪnˌfreɪm/ noun, Computers. 1. a large computer, often the hub of a system serving many users. /ˈmeɪnˌfreɪm/ noun 1. 2. the central processing unit of a computer n. “central processor of a computer system,” 1964, from main (adj.) + frame (n.). mainframe (mān’frām’) A large, often powerful computer, usually dedicated to lengthy, complex calculations […]

  • Main-gauche

    [French man gohsh] /French mɛ̃ ˈgoʊʃ/ noun 1. a dagger of the 16th and 17th centuries, held in the left hand in dueling and used to parry the sword of an opponent.

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