- having or exerting great strength or force; mighty.
- having momentous or important results; significant.
verb (used with or without object)
- main body,
- main brace,
- main chance,
- main clause,
- main course
Origin of main1
Origin of main2
Examples from the Web for main
Flesh encircled him at the main pool of the Paradise Hotel and Residences at Boca.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They even switched off their location service—one of the main perks of the program.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays|Bel Trew|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the same time, the heaviest parts—the main fuselage, the engines and wings—sink to the bottom.
In his statement, Rigi named Naser Boledi as a main mediator between him and representatives of NATO.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sometimes, they had a backup aim if their main goal fell through as the night dragged on.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots|Emily Shire|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What defect in the feed valve will cause the brake pipe pressure to equalize with that in the main reservoir?The Traveling Engineers' Association|Anonymous
His "Main Traveled Roads," the first of many editions appearing in 1891, made him famous.Prairie Gold|Various
A main cause of the disadvantageous appearance exhibited by the ordinary schoolboy, lies in what we denominate sheepishness.Thoughts on Man|William Godwin
For four days we coasted thus, never out of sight of shore, and usually with islands between us and the main body of water.Beyond the Frontier|Randall Parrish
The train at last drew into the main station at Brussels half an hour after midnight.Mrs. Warren's Daughter|Sir Harry Johnston
- the main distribution network for water, gas, or electricity
- (as modifier)mains voltage
Word Origin for main
Word Origin for main
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with main
- main drag
- main squeeze
- eye to the main chance
- in the main
- might and main