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main adj. (6 is the commonest S. sense)
1. exerted to the full, overpowering 2H6 I. i. 211 “by main force,” H8 II. ii. 7 “main power.”
2. highly important, momentous H8 III. ii. 216 “this main secret.”
3. very great in degree All'sW. III. vi. 16 “a danger.”
4. chief in size or extent, chief part of AYL. III. v. 103 “the main harvest; battle,” the body of troops forming the bulk of an army 3H6 I. i. 8, R3 V. iii. 300.
5. general H5 I. ii. 144 “the main intendment of the Scot,” H8 III. i. 92, IV. i. 31 “the main assent,” Troil. I. iii. 373, Cæs. II. i. 196 “the main opinion he held once,” Ham. I. iii. 28.
7. “main flood,” high tide Mer.V. IV. i. 72.
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