HyperDic: main

English > 5 senses of the word main:
ADJECTIVEallmain, chief, primary, principal, mastermost important element
allmain, independent(of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence
allmainof force
NOUNobjectmain, brinyany very large body of (salt) water
artifactmaina principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage
main > pronunciation
Soundsmey'n
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English > main: 5 senses > adjective 1
MeaningMost important element.
Example "the main doors were of solid glass"
Synonymschief, primary, principal, master
Broaderimportant, of importOf great significance / significance or value
Spanishprimordial, principal
Catalanprimordial, principal
English > main: 5 senses > adjective 2
Meaning(of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence.
Example"the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb"
Synonymindependent
CategorygrammarThe branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
Oppositedependent, subordinate(of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence
Spanishindependiente, principal
Catalanindependent, principal
English > main: 5 senses > adjective 3
MeaningOf force; of the greatest possible intensity.
Example"by main strength"
BroaderintensePossessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
Spanishmayor
Catalanmajor
English > main: 5 senses > noun 1, object
MeaningAny very large body of (salt) water.
Synonymbriny
Part ofhydrosphereThe watery layer of the earth's surface
Partshigh sea, international watersThe open seas of the world outside the territorial waters of any nation
offingThe part of the sea that can be seen from the shore and is beyond the anchoring area
territorial watersThe waters surrounding a nation and its territories over which that nation exercises sovereign jurisdiction
Broaderbody of water, waterThe part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)
English > main: 5 senses > noun 2, artifact
MeaningA principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage.
Part ofinfrastructure, baseThe stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area
Narrowerelectric mainA main that distributes electricity
gas mainA main that distributes gas
sewer main, sewer lineA main in a sewage system
water mainmain (a pipe or conduit) for conveying water
Broaderpipe, pipage, pipingA long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.
Spanishtubería general

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