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English adjective: main

1. main most important element


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymschief, master, primary, principal


Similarimportant, of import


Antonymsunimportant

2. main (of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence


SamplesThe main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb.


Synonymsindependent


Domain categorygrammar


Antonymsdependent, subordinate

3. main of force; of the greatest possible intensity


SamplesBy main strength.


Similarintense


Antonymsmild


English noun: main

1. main (object) any very large body of (salt) water


Synonymsbriny


Broader (hypernym)body of water, water


Part holonymhigh sea, international waters, offing, territorial waters


Part meronymhydrosphere

2. main (artifact) a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage


Broader (hypernym)pipage, pipe, piping


Narrower (hyponym)electric main, gas main, sewer line, sewer main, water main


Part meronymbase, infrastructure









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