main

main
main1 [ meın ] adjective only before noun ***
most important, largest, or most frequently used:
The main entrance to the building is on George Street.
We eat our main meal of the day in the evening.
the main New York to Chicago flight route
The main focus of her speech was on the new sales strategy.
a. the main thing SPOKEN used for saying what is most important:
We're here now that's the main thing.
The main thing is that you're not injured.
main
main 2 [ meın ] noun count
1. ) a large pipe or wire used for carrying water, gas, or electricity:
a water/gas main
2. ) the mains plural BRITISH the public supply of water, electricity, or gas
a ) the point where the supply of gas, electricity, or water enters a building or room:
Turn the water off at the mains before you repair the faucet.
in the main
mostly:
The response, in the main, has been pretty positive.

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  • main — [mān] n. [ME < OE mægen, akin to ON magn: see MIGHT2] 1. physical strength; force; power: now only in with might and main, with all one s strength, with all one s strength 2. [< MAIN the adj.] the principal or most important part or point:… …   English World dictionary

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