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Meaning & Definition of Main in English

English

Main

/men/

noun

1. Any very large body of (salt) water

    synonym:
  • main
  • ,
  • briny

2. A principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage

    synonym:
  • main

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • chief(a)
  • ,
  • main(a)
  • ,
  • primary(a)
  • ,
  • principal(a)
  • ,
  • master(a)

2. (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"
    synonym:
  • independent
  • ,
  • main(a)

3. Of force

  • Of the greatest possible intensity
  • "By main strength"
    synonym:
  • main(a)

Examples of using

The main secret of thoughts is where do they come from? It is impossible to catch a thought until it comes to your mind. That's why I take my own thoughts as a gift that I'm happy to use.
The main thing on Tatoeba is not to utter ideas above your stomach and below your knees.
The world is a narrow bridge, the main thing is to fear nothing.