Definition of "main" []

  • Most important; principal. See Synonyms at chief. (adjective)
  • Exerted to the utmost; sheer: by main strength. (adjective)
  • Nautical Connected to or located near the mainmast: a main skysail. (adjective)
  • Grammar Of, relating to, or being the principal clause or verb of a complex sentence. (adjective)
  • Obsolete Of or relating to a continuous area or stretch, as of land or water. (adjective)
  • Chief or principal in rank, importance, size, etc (adjective)

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  • Sheer or utmost (esp in the phrase by main force) (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or denoting any gear, such as a stay or sail, belonging to the mainmast (adjective)
  • Significant or important (adjective)
  • A principal pipe, conduit, duct, or line in a system used to distribute water, electricity, etc (noun)
  • The main distribution network for water, gas, or electricity (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • The chief or most important part or consideration (noun)
  • Great strength or force (now chiefly in the phrase (with) might and main) (noun)
  • The open ocean (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "main" in a sentence
  • "It may be the initial effect; very probably it is; but since the main function of the spermatozoon must be the introduction of germplasm from the male parent, it is too much for anyone to ask us to believe that its _main_ function is concerned with surface alteration."
  • "The _main_ body of this barn stands on the ground, 100×50 feet, with eighteen-feet posts, and a broad, sheltering roof, of 40° pitch from a horizontal line, and truncated at the gables to the width of the main doors below."
  • "NoSuchMethodError: main 运行时  Exception in thread \ "main\" java. lang."