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  Dictionary Definition of main

Main
noun a river in Germany flowing from the Bohemian Forest west to the Rhine at Mainz. 490 km.
main [1]
adjective
1. chief; principal; leading: the main office.
2. sheer; utmost, as strength, force, etc.: by main force.
3. of or relating to a broad expanse: main sea.
4. Grammar See main clause.
5. Obsolete strong or mighty.
6. Nautical relating to the mainmast or mainsail.
-- noun
7. a principal pipe or duct in a system used to distribute water, gas, etc.
8. the principal wire or cable used to distribute electricity.
9. strength; force; violent effort: with might and main.
10. the chief or principal part or point.
11. Poetic the open ocean; high sea.
12. ® mainland.
-- phrase
13. in the main, for the most part.
[ME meyn, OE męgen strength, power, c. Icel. megin strength, main part]