Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun main

2 senses of main

Sense 1
main, briny -- (any very large body of (salt) water)
       => body of water, water -- (the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean); "they invaded our territorial waters"; "they were sitting by the water's edge")

Sense 2
main -- (a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage)
       => pipe, pipage, piping -- (a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.)

Antonyms of adj main

3 senses of main

Sense 1
chief (prenominal), main (prenominal), primary (prenominal), principal (prenominal), master (prenominal) -- (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")

INDIRECT (VIA important) -> unimportant -- (not important; "a relatively unimportant feature of the system"; "the question seems unimportant")

Sense 2
independent (vs. dependent), main (prenominal) -- ((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")


Sense 3
main (prenominal) -- (of force; of the greatest possible intensity; "by main strength")

INDIRECT (VIA intense) -> mild -- (moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme; "a mild winter storm"; "a mild fever"; "fortunately the pain was mild"; "a mild rebuke"; "mild criticism")

Similarity of adj main

3 senses of main

Sense 1
chief (prenominal), main (prenominal), primary (prenominal), principal (prenominal), master (prenominal) -- (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")
       => important (vs. unimportant), of import -- (of great significance or value; "important people"; "the important questions of the day")

Sense 2
independent (vs. dependent), main (prenominal) -- ((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")

Sense 3
main (prenominal) -- (of force; of the greatest possible intensity; "by main strength")
       => intense (vs. mild) -- (possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree; "intense heat"; "intense anxiety"; "intense desire"; "intense emotion"; "the skunk's intense acrid odor"; "intense pain"; "enemy fire was intense")

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