Pronunciation: (mān), [key]
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 pertaining to a broad expanse: main sea.
4. Gram.syntactically independent; capable of use in isolation. Cf. dependent (def. 4), independent (def. 14), main clause.
5. Naut.
a. of or pertaining to a mainmast.
b. noting or pertaining to a sail, yard, boom, etc., or to any rigging belonging to a mainmast.
c. noting any stay running aft and upward to the head of a mainmast: main topmast stay.
6. Obs.
a. having or exerting great strength or force; mighty.
b. having momentous or important results; significant.

1. a principal pipe or duct in a system used to distribute water, gas, etc.
2. physical strength, power, or force: to struggle with might and main.
3. the chief or principal part or point: The main of their investments was lost during the war.
4. Literary.the open ocean; high sea: the bounding main.
5. the mainland.
6. in the main, for the most part; chiefly: In the main, the novel was dull reading.

South Midland U.S. (chiefly Appalachian). very; exceedingly: The dogs treed a main big coon.

v.i., v.t.


Pronunciation: (mān), [key]
a cockfighting match.


Pronunciation: (mān; Ger. mīn), [key]
a river in central and W Germany, flowing W from the Bohemian Forest in N Bavaria into the Rhine at Mainz. 305 mi. (490 km) long.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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