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main line

1. Railways
a. the trunk route between two points, usually fed by branch lines
b. (as modifier): a main-line station
2. US a main road

Main Line


(Russian, magistral’; from Latin magistralis, “leading”).

(1) The main route, the primary line in communications (railroad main line, waterway main line).

(2) A wide and heavily traveled street in a large city.

(3) The main cable or wire in an electrical circuit or in tele-graph and telephone communications.

(4) The main pipe in a sewerage line or water system.

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FOUR Country Roads, a new play based on the colossal impact Big Tom and the Mainliners had on a whole generation of Irish people, and especially their incredible link with the Irish emigrant community in the UK through their songs and music, will have its world premiere in Castleblayney next week.
These mainliners, such as Ennahda in Tunisia, will not hesitate to use force against al-Qa'ida-affiliated individuals or groups who harbor the illusion of returning to a caliphate by sponsoring violence.
He shows that while conservative Protestants are more united than mainliners on issues like school prayer, marijuana and abortion, they are more divided on views about women and premarital sex.
Meanwhile, liberal mainliners proclaim a gospel that leaves out the cross: Jesus was a prophet and healer who preached good news to the poor, then he died and rose again--but let's not get too distracted by that "dying and rising again" part.
These mainliners prevent headlines and are the sharpest nurses I know.
Even among traditional mainliners, it is difficult to find a black church in America without at least some members confessing scriptures to build up their faith, believing that God will provide a supernatural increase in finances, or reading books on prosperity such as Money, Thou Art Loosed
If there is anything to the charge that mainline churches fail to grow, it is this: We mainliners simply failed to adapt quickly as old neighborhood patterns changed.
Mainliners decided to care for the body but not the cross, deemphasizing personal salvation in favor of redeeming the social structures of society.
Bibby said, for well-established Mainliners "not to be able to turn things around," noting that since the 1990s, "these groups have had a renewed sense of their need to minister better to young people, beginning with their youth.
The measurements derived from the Glenmary census capture the dominant religious denomination in 2000, and the growth or decline of evangelicals, mainliners, and Catholics occurs between 1990 and 2000.
Most insurance mainliners didn't pay them any heed.
Pie opened May 21 at Gotham's Cinema Village (around the corner from Union Square) and its unvarnished look at life in the slow lane exerts a hypnotic fascination that could hook reality mainliners.