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See also Main, and mäin

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Most common English words: associated « worse « safe « #978: main » q » greatly » floor

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From Middle English main, mayn, meyn, partially from Old English mægen- (strong, principle, main) (used in combined forms) from mæġen (strength), and partially from Old Norse megn, megenn (strong, main), both from Proto-Germanic *maginam from Proto-Indo-European *mogh-, megh- (power). Akin to Old English magan (to be able to). More at may.

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Main (not comparable)

Positive
Main

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Principal, most important.
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From Old English mægen (strength), later also taking senses from the adjective.

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Singular
Main

Plural
Mains

Main (plural Mains)
  1. (obsolete, except in might and main) Strength. Patrono:Defdate
  2. (now archaic, US Patrono:Context 5) The mainland. Patrono:Defdate
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick:
      Tashtego's long, lean, sable hair, his high cheek bones, and black rounding eyes [...]--all this sufficiently proclaimed him an inheritor of the unvitiated blood of those proud warrior hunters, who, in quest of the great New England moose, had scoured, bow in hand, the aboriginal forests of the main.
  3. (now poetic) The high seas. Patrono:Defdate
  4. A large pipe or cable providing utility service to a building or area, such as water main or electric main. Patrono:Defdate
  5. Patrono:Nautical The mainsail. Patrono:Defdate
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Latin manus.

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Patrono:Xno-noun-f

  1. hand (anatomy)

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main

  1. Instructive plural form of maa.

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Latin manus (hand).

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Main f. (plural Mains)

  1. hand.
  2. Patrono:Soccer handball

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Main (bermain)

  1. to play

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Latin manus.

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Patrono:Fro-noun-f

  1. hand (anatomy)

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