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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj main (of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence "the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb"
    • adj main most important element "the chief aim of living","the main doors were of solid glass","the principal rivers of America","the principal example","policemen were primary targets","the master bedroom","a master switch"
    • adj main of force; of the greatest possible intensity "by main strength"
    • n main a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage
    • n main any very large body of (salt) water
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Showing main oblong building and semicircular apse Showing main oblong building and semicircular apse
Mainly curved walls on the buildings; four minarets are visible Mainly curved walls on the buildings; four minarets are visible
English slip-decorated ware. Although made in England mainly for local consumption, many attractive examples were shipped to Virginia during the 17th century English slip-decorated ware. Although made in England mainly for local consumption, many attractive examples were...
The Wreck of the Maine The Wreck of the Maine
Escolta, Manila's Main Street Escolta, Manila's Main Street
Map of the Boundary Line between Maine and New Brunswick Map of the Boundary Line between Maine and New Brunswick

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Maine is the toothpick capital of the world
    • main A hand or match at dice.
    • main A main-hamper.
    • main A match at cockfighting. "My lord would ride twenty miles . . . to see a main fought."
    • main A stake played for at dice.
    • Main Important; necessary. "That which thou aright
      Believest so main to our success, I bring."
    • Main principal duct or pipe, as distinguished from lesser ones; esp. Engin, a principal pipe leading to or from a reservoir; as, a fire main .
    • Main 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."
    • Main Strength; force; might; violent effort. "There were in this battle of most might and main .""He 'gan advance,
      With huge force, and with importable main ."
    • Main 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."
    • Main The continent, as distinguished from an island; the mainland.
    • Main The great sea, as distinguished from an arm, bay, etc. ; the high sea; the ocean.
    • main The largest throw in a match at dice; a throw at dice within given limits, as in the game of hazard.
    • Main Unqualified; absolute; entire; sheer. "It's a man untruth."
    • Main Vast; huge. "The main abyss."
    • Main Very or extremely strong. "That current with main fury ran."
    • adv Main Very; extremely; as, main heavy. "I'm main dry."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable
    • n main Strength; force; violent effort: now used chiefly in the phrase with might and main.
    • n main That which is chief or principal; the chief or main portion; the gross; the bulk; the greater part.
    • n main The principal point; that which is of most importance; the chief or principal object, aim, or effort.
    • n main A broad expanse, as of space or light; unbroken extent; full sweep or stretch.
    • n main Now, specifically
    • n main The expanse of ocean; the open ocean; the high sea.
    • n main A continental stretch of land; a continent; the maiuland, as distinguished from islands.
    • n main A principal duct, channel, pipe, or electrical conductor, as a water- or gas-pipe running along a street in a town, or the largest conductor in a system of electric lights.
    • n main The thick part of meat.
    • main Great in size or degree; vast; hence, strong; powerful; important.
    • main Principal; prime; chief; leading; of chief or principal importance: as, his main effort was to please.
    • main Principal or chief in size or extent; largest; consisting of the largest part; most important by reason of size or strength: as, the main timbers of a building; the main branch of a river; the main body of an army.
    • main Full; undivided; sheer: now used chiefly in the phrases main strength, main force.
    • main Nautical, belonging to or connected with the principal mast in a vessel.
    • main “Big”; angry.
    • main Mightily; exceedingly; extremely.
    • n main A hand.
    • n main A hand at dice; a throw of the dice at hazard.
    • n main A match at cock-fighting.
    • n main A banker's shovel for coin.
    • main To furl: said of sails.
    • main An obsolete variant of maim.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 99% of the blueberries that are produced in the United States are produced in the state of Maine
    • n Main mān might: strength.
    • adj Main mān chief, principal: first in importance: leading
    • n Main the chief or principal part: the ocean or main sea: a continent or a larger island as compared with a smaller: a principal gas or water pipe in a street, or the largest conductor in a system of electric lights
    • n Main mān a hand at dice: a match at cockfighting: a banker's shovel for coin.
    • ***


  • Henri B. Stendhal
    “A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.”
  • Lady Nancy Astor
    Lady Nancy Astor
    “The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything or nothing.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “It is our less conscious thoughts and our less conscious actions which mainly mould our lives and the lives of those who spring from us.”
  • Will Rogers
    “The main thing about being a hero is to know when to die.”
  • Otto Von Bismarck
    “The main thing is to make history, not to write it.”
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
    “A good painter is to paint two main things, men and the working of man's mind.”


Might and main - This means with all your effort and strength. As he failed in the previous exam,the student tried might and main to pass the next one.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. mægen, strength, power, force; akin to OHG. magan, Icel. megin, and to E. may, v. √103. See May (v.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. main—L. manus, hand.


In literature:

No town in Surrey has two such old and orderly main streets as Farnham.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
Is there a Main Incident?
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
What we do see depends mainly on what we look for.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
The Japanese infantry occupied the central positions on the main line of defense soon after midnight.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
During the day His Royal Highness went ashore informally, mainly to satisfy his craving for walking exercise.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
In learning to paint, it is with these concrete things that you should concern yourself mainly.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
He must bring the main part of his force from Virginia.
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
The variety is founded on material sent from Maine by the late Mr. F. L. Harvey.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
March they did, through the thickets and swamps of the base of the main point, to enter the upper part of the Poppasquash Neck.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
Chicopee is served by the Boston & Maine railway.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Aft, we could see the other watch standing by at the main.
"The Brassbounder" by David W. Bone
This onslaught was so vigorous and irresistible that our forces had to give way and fall back to the main line.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
It is mainly for the latter purpose that the court is now kept.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
The main lines are followed (though less completely) by the modern railways.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
Remains of several ancient buildings exist, belonging in the main to the Roman period.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
Only two limbs of the line are involved in the main frame.
"Cyclopedia of Telephony and Telegraphy, Vol. 2" by Kempster Miller
A thin partition separated the bedroom from the main apartment.
"The Story of a Strange Career" by Anonymous
The advance had also freed for the use of the Allies the main Paris-Amiens railway.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VIII (of VIII)" by various
The symptoms are mainly those of peripheral neuritis with special implication of the phrenic and the pneumogastric nerves.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various
These agree in the main, but differ for the more recently discovered minuscules.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various

In poetry:

The winds are whistling o'er the wolds,
The distant main is moaning low;
Come, let us sit and weave a song—
A melancholy song!
"The Shipwrecked Solitary's Song To The Night" by Henry Kirke White
Adieu, New-England's smiling meads,
Adieu, the flow'ry plain:
I leave thine op'ning charms, O spring,
And tempt the roaring main.
"A Farewell To America to Mrs. S. W." by Phillis Wheatley
There was a sullen plunge below,
A flashing on the main,
And the wave shut o'er that wild heart's wo,
Shut,–and grew still again.
"Ulla, Or The Adjuration" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Worlds by millions are revolving
Through that vast, unfathomed main;
Should our tiny orb make shipwreck,
Worlds by millions would remain;
"Discouragement" by John Lawson Stoddard
'Yes! this only one fell in the main!
--I eagerly struggled to save;
But I strove with the current in vain,
And saw him sink under the wave!
"The Old Fisherman" by Matilda Betham
There let the sweating ploughman toil,
The yearning miser count his gain,
The fevered scholar waste his oil,
But I am bounding o'er the main!
"The Ideal And The Actual" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich

In news:

We'll have more on this as it develops AUGUSTA, Maine --The Maine House has begun floor debate of a same-sex marriage bill approved by the state Senate last week.
This week on Bill Green's Maine, we'll meet some of Maine's best shooters-of darts as they prepare for Maine's richest tournament.
The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting last week reported that the Maine Department of Environmental Protection had removed a climate change report from its website in December, 2011.
Just watched a show on Maine, and what makes a Maine-ers.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP)—Maine's voter-approved same-sex marriage law is going into effect on Dec 29, and there's a possibility that some marriage licenses can be issued even though the date falls on a Saturday.
The Port Lavaca Main Street Theatre, 315 E Main St in Port Lavaca, presents "The Fox On The Fairway" August 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12.
The Commission to Study the Conduct of Elections in Maine is holding a hearing Wednesday evening at the University of Maine at Machias.
The Port Lavaca Main Street Theatre, 315 E Main St in Port Lavaca, presents "The Fox On The Fairway " August 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12.
A strikingly few wealthy donors were the main 2011 contributors to super PACs, which analysts see as the main force behind a flood of negative campaign ads.
YORK, Maine – Sally Struthers has entered a not guilty plea on charges she drove drunk in Maine, where she was performing in a musical.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) _ A Maine man has pleaded guilty to a dozen hunting violations and a felony drug charge.
Showing how Maine was viewed from the 1840's to the 1940's, the second part of Maine Coast Artists' epic photography exhibition opens this month in Rockport.
This beautiful seven minute video by Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Maine Audubon shows the challenges facing piping plovers all along our coasts.
After a devastating fire in 2005 damaged the original 1882 main house, the hotel reopened a new five-suite 30,000-square-foot main building in August of 2008.
The percentage of Maine's college graduates in general, and the "best & brightest" in particular, who stay in Maine to work.

In science:

Below we outline the main steps in proving our main result, Theorem 1.
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
In this review we will assume that the reader is already acquainted with the topic, and we will only recall some basic information (definitions of the various ensembles, main properties, and main physical applications).
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Cancelling these terms from equation (3), we are left with an equality where the number of components occurring in the tensor product in the hypothesis of the Main theorem, is less than the one we started with, and an induction on the number n of components in the tensor product proves the main theorem.
Unique decomposition of tensor products of irreducible representations of simple algebraic groups
This is a second main topic of these lectures. A third main topic of these lectures is the discussion of QCD at nonzero baryon chemical potential.
QCD, Chiral Random Matrix Theory and Integrability
The main ideas of this paper are given in Section 1, where we state the main results Theorems 1.2 and 1.5.
Counting Connected Graphs Asymptotically
Second, in Section 5 these general inequalities are used as main steps of an inductive proof of the main results.
Moment inequalities for functions of independent random variables
The use of 3He profits of very interesting features with respect to other materials : - 3He being a 1/2 spin nucleus, a 3He detector will be mainly sensitive to the axial interaction, making this device complementary to existing ones, mainly sensitive to the scalar interaction.
MACHe3, a prototype for non-baryonic dark matter search: KeV event detection and multicell correlation
When the experimentally determined form factor is presented properly it contains a statistical error (mainly related to relative measurements) and a systematic error (mainly due to the normalization).
Precision physics of simple atoms: QED tests, nuclear structure and fundamental constants
Thus, the same seed S, which has been used to sequentially generate all the distances on the main diagonal right-hand side in the k -th row, must be used to sequentially generate all the distances below the main diagonal in the k -th column (See Figure 1).
An efficient algorithm to generate large random uncorrelated Euclidean distances: the random link model
In Section 2 we state our main inverse theorems, and in Section 3 we state our main results on condition numbers, as well as the key lemmas used to prove these results.
Inverse Littlewood-Offord theorems and the condition number of random discrete matrices
However, mainly motivated by Problems 2 and 3, one of our main goals in this paper is to obtain a right formulation of (Σ∞q ).
Theory of Amalgamated Lp Spaces in Noncommutative Probability
Ti remnants from typical supernovae The apparent de ficit of as the main source of 44Ca is explained if typical supernovae are not the main source.
Are Ti44-Producing Supernovae Exceptional?
Our main conclusion on the origin of the elements and the mechanism of formation of the Milky Way are: • The elements 12C and 14N are mainly produced in low and intermediate mass stars (0.8 ≤ M/M⊙ ≤ 8).
The chemical evolution of the Milky Way: from light to heavy elements
The following inductive definition of H (U, x) and of the property (HUx) concerns closure under (µC um∞), its main property is formulated in Fact 2.1, (8), its main interest is its use in the proof of Proposition 2.2.
Domain closure conditions and definability preservation
Our main results, Theorems 6 and 7, deal with the main case of interest, in which the underlying environment is truly random and is, in a sense to be demonstrated, critical.
Random walk in random environment with asymptotically zero perturbation