[meyn; German mahyn] /meɪn; German maɪn/
a river in central and W Germany, flowing W from the Bohemian Forest in N Bavaria into the Rhine at Mainz. 305 miles (490 km) long.
chief or principal in rank, importance, size, etc
sheer or utmost (esp in the phrase by main force)
(nautical) of, relating to, or denoting any gear, such as a stay or sail, belonging to the mainmast
(obsolete) significant or important
a principal pipe, conduit, duct, or line in a system used to distribute water, electricity, etc
the chief or most important part or consideration
great strength or force (now chiefly in the phrase (with) might and main)
(literary) the open ocean
(archaic) short for Spanish Main
(archaic) short for mainland
in the main, for the main, on the whole; for the most part
a throw of the dice in dice games
a cockfighting contest
a match in archery, boxing, etc
/meɪn; German main/
a river in central and W Germany, flowing west through Würzburg and Frankfurt to the Rhine. Length: about 515 km (320 miles)
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)
noun, Nautical. 1. the part of the mainmast situated immediately above, and generally formed as a single spar with, the main topgallantmast.
[meynz] /meɪnz/ noun, (used with a singular verb) British Dialect. 1. the or home farm of a manor, as where the ownerlives; manse. [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 […]
[meyn-seyl; Nautical meyn-suh l] /ˈmeɪnˌseɪl; Nautical ˈmeɪn səl/ noun, Nautical. 1. the lowermost on a mainmast. /ˈmeɪnˌseɪl; nautical ˈmeɪnsəl/ noun 1. (nautical) the largest and lowermost sail on the mainmast MAchine INdependent SAIL.
[meyn-seyl; Nautical meyn-suh l] /ˈmeɪnˌseɪl; Nautical ˈmeɪn səl/ noun, Nautical. 1. the lowermost on a mainmast. /ˈmeɪnˌseɪl; nautical ˈmeɪnsəl/ noun 1. (nautical) the largest and lowermost sail on the mainmast (Gr. artemon), answering to the modern “mizzen-sail,” as some suppose. Others understand the “jib,” near the prow, or the “fore-sail,” as likely to be most […]