noun (used with a singular verb) British Dialect.
Origin of mains
- having or exerting great strength or force; mighty.
- having momentous or important results; significant.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of main1
Synonyms for main
Antonyms for main
Origin of main2
Examples from the Web for mains
Contemporary Examples of mains
Historical Examples of mains
Do you draw from the mains or are you on the high level reservoir?'Winsome Winnie and other New Nonsense Novels
Mains inquired of the elders afterwards, with pointed sarcasm.Kate Carnegie and Those Ministers
Get in mains'l, close reef fores'l, and let her ride with that and jumbo.Blow The Man Down
If there is any danger of injury to these mains they may be enclosed in iron pipe.Electricity for the farm
Frederick Irving Anderson
The pressure also in the mains in London seldom exceeds 120 feet at the utmost.Fire Prevention and Fire Extinction
- 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