• Principal; prime; chief; leading; of chief or principal importance. [from 15th c.]
  • (nautical) Belonging to or connected with the principal mast in a vessel.
  • (obsolete) Great in size or degree; vast; strong; powerful; important.
  • Full; undivided; sheer (of strength, force etc.). [from 16th c.]
  • Principal or chief in size or extent; largest; consisting of the largest part; most important by reason or size or strength.

    "main timbers;  main branch of a river;  main body of an army"

  • (dialectal) Big; angry.


  • (Britain, dialectal) Very; very much; greatly; mightily; extremely; exceedingly.


  • A large pipe or cable providing utility service to a building or area, such as water main or electric main. [from 17th c.]
  • A stake played for at dice.
  • A main-hamper, or fruit basket.
  • (obsolete, except in might and main) Strength; power; force; violent effort. [from 9th c.]
  • (now poetic) The high seas. [from 16th c.]
  • A hand or match in a game of dice.
  • A match at cockfighting.
  • (now archaic, US dialectal) The mainland. [from 16th c.]
  • (nautical) The mainsail. [from 17th c.]
  • The largest throw in a match at dice; a throw at dice within given limits, as in the game of hazard.
  • That which is chief or principal; the chief or main portion; the gross; the bulk; the greater part.

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