• (obsolete) Straight, direct; near; short.

    "the gainest way"

  • (dialectal) Honest; respectable; moderate; cheap.
  • (dialectal) Easy; tolerable; handy, dexterous.
  • (obsolete) Suitable; convenient; ready.


  • (dialectal) Tolerably; fairly.

    "gain quiet (= fairly/pretty quiet)"

  • (dialectal) Suitably; conveniently; dexterously; moderately.
  • (obsolete) Straightly; quickly; by the nearest way or means.


  • The act of gaining.
  • (electronics) The factor by which a signal is multiplied.
  • What is gained.

    "No pain, no gain."

  • (architecture) A square or bevelled notch cut out of a girder, binding joist, or other timber which supports a floor beam, so as to receive the end of the floor beam.


  • (obsolete) Against.


  • (transitive) To acquire possession of what one did not have before.

    "Looks like you've gained a new friend."

  • (transitive) To increase.
  • (transitive) To reach.

    "to gain the top of a mountain"

  • (of a clock or watch) To run fast.
  • (transitive, dated) To come off winner or victor in; to be successful in; to obtain by competition.

    "to gain a battle; to gain a case at law"

  • (intransitive) To be more likely to catch or overtake an individual.

    "gain ground"

  • (intransitive) To put on weight.

    "I've been gaining."

  • (intransitive) To have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to make progress.

    "The sick man gains daily."

  • (intransitive) To be more likely to catch or overtake an individual.

    "I'm gaining (on you)."

  • To draw into any interest or party; to win to one's side; to conciliate.

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