Main

(redirected from mainly)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms.

Main

(mīn), river, c.310 mi (500 km) long, formed near Kulmbach, E central Germany, by the confluence of the Roter Main and the Weisser Main, both of which rise in the Fichtelgebirge. It then winds generally west through the rich farmland of central Germany and past the industrial areas of Schweinfurt, Würzburg, Aschaffenburg, and Frankfurt to the Rhine River at Mainz. Navigable from its junction with the Regnitz River, its chief tributary, the Main is an important east-west route. The Ludwig Canal connects it with the Danube River. A recently completed addition to the canal links the Danube with the Rhine, allowing barge traffic from the North Sea to the Black Sea, a distance of more than 2,000 mi (3,200 km). There are about 40 hydroelectric power plants on the Main, of which Griesheim (62,000-kW capacity) is the largest.

Main

In electrical work, the current from which all other branch circuits are taken.

Main

 

a river in the Federal Republic of Germany; the largest right-bank tributary of the Rhine. Length, 524 km; basin area, 27,200 sq km.

The Main is formed by the confluence of the Red Main, which rises on the slopes of the Fränkische Alb, and the White Main, which rises in the Fichtelgebirge mountains. For most of its length the Main flows amid hills in a narrow valley and across a plain. Its high-water period occurs during the winter and the beginning of spring; there are flash floods in the summer, owing to rain. The water level in the Main’s lower course fluctuates by 2-3 m; the average discharge at the mouth is 170 cu m per sec. The Main is navigable for a distance of almost 400 km from the mouth. The Main valley is densely populated, with such cities as Wiirzburg and Frankfurt being located on the river. The waters of the Main are extremely polluted.


Main

 

a river in Chukchi National Okrug, Magadan Oblast, RSFSR. A right-bank tributary of the Anadyr’ River. Length, 475 km; basin area, 32,800 sq km. The Main rises on the slopes of the Penzhina Range from Lake Main. It flows northeast, for the most part within a broad valley; in its lower course it breaks up into branches. It is fed by snow and rain. The average discharge is about 260 cu m per sec. The Main freezes over in mid-October, and the ice breaks up at the end of May. In its lower course the river is navigable during the high-water period by shallow-draft vessels.

main

[mān]
(electricity)
One of the conductors extending from the service switch, generator bus, or converter bus to the main distribution center in interior wiring.
(engineering)
A duct or pipe that supplies or drains ancillary branches.

main

1. In an air-conditioning system, a major duct or pipe for distributing to or collecting from various branches.
2. In any system of continuous piping, the principal artery of the system to which branches may be connected.

main

1
1. Nautical of, relating to, or denoting any gear, such as a stay or sail, belonging to the mainmast
2. a principal pipe, conduit, duct, or line in a system used to distribute water, electricity, etc.
3. 
a. the main distribution network for water, gas, or electricity
b. (as modifier): mains voltage
4. Literary the open ocean
5. Archaic short for Spanish Main
6. Archaic short for mainland

main

2
1. a throw of the dice in dice games
2. a cockfighting contest

Main

a river in central and W Germany, flowing west through W?rzburg and Frankfurt to the Rhine. Length: about 515 km (320 miles)
References in periodicals archive ?
The global result shows that 58 percent of total respondents classified Pakistan's influence on the world as mainly negative; while 18 percent classified it as 'mainly positive'.
9m 2013 mainly due to unrealized net losses on trading operations incurred during 9m 2013.
5% as compared to the previous year, mainly due to the increase of subsidies by BGN 202 M.
27), a piece now routinely decried as sexist and outdated, is one of the series' highlights, thanks mainly to Shirley Henderson's wonderful performance as Kate, a harridan of a politician with no control over her temper.
Production will stay in Europe, and Verino will continue to personally design all clothing for his clients, mainly wealthy men and women.
Except for a chapter on white on white mob violence, this section centers mainly on how lynching evolved as a means of control of Afro-Americans.
has increased by 500 calories per day, mainly because of an increase in carbohydrates, especially carbohydrates from refined sweeteners like corn syrup.
4%, mainly due to the increase in prices of iron and steel by 7.
The unnamed editors at NAi have commissioned a series of essays, both long and short, from people mainly active in Dutch and Belgian academia or media on the subject of architects' and artists' obligations--their 'commitment', their 'engagement'--to contemporary society.
His comments focus mainly on the sources of Matthew's material and his redaction of those sources, which he takes to be mainly Mark, Q, and special tradition.
During the play the harsh and fast buffo and farcical scenes did not allow time for didactics; that is why the moral was given before and mainly after the play itself: as if the author had forgotten about didactics and then, reaching the end of the play, he suddenly realized the "deficit" and quickly gave the missing moral.
Though abundant, this production is little known, mainly because historical research focused on Laguna's translation of Dioscorides, even during the recent celebration of the 500th anniversary of his birthday.