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Definition of main

Pronunciation: mān
n.1.A hand or match at dice.
2.A stake played for at dice.
3.The largest throw in a match at dice; a throw at dice within given limits, as in the game of hazard.
4.A match at cockfighting.
5.A main-hamper.
1.Strength; force; might; violent effort.
There were in this battle of most might and main.
- R. of Gl.
He 'gan advance,
With huge force, and with importable main.
- Spenser.
2.The chief or principal part; the main or most important thing.
Resolved to rest upon the title of Lancaster as the main, and to use the other two . . . but as supporters.
- Bacon.
3.(Engin.) The great sea, as distinguished from an arm, bay, etc. ; the high sea; the ocean.
Forcing main
the delivery pipe of a pump.
For the main
for the most part; in the greatest part.
With might and main
with all one's strength; with violent effort.
a.1.Very or extremely strong.
That current with main fury ran.
- Daniel.
2.Vast; huge.
3.Unqualified; absolute; entire; sheer.
4.Principal; chief; first in size, rank, importance, etc.; as, the main reason to go; the main proponent.
Our main interest is to be happy as we can.
- Tillotson.
5.Important; necessary.
That which thou aright
Believest so main to our success, I bring.
- Milton.
By main force
by mere force or sheer force; by violent effort; as, to subdue insurrection by main force.
That Maine which by main force Warwick did win.
- Shak.
adv.1.Very; extremely; as, main heavy.

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