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main  

[1]  
      adj   prenominal  
1    chief or principal in rank, importance, size, etc.  
2    sheer or utmost (esp. in the phrase by main force)  
3      (Nautical)   of, relating to, or denoting any gear, such as a stay or sail, belonging to the mainmast  
4    Obsolete   significant or important  
      n  
5    a principal pipe, conduit, duct, or line in a system used to distribute water, electricity, etc.  
6    pl  
a    the main distribution network for water, gas, or electricity  
b    (as modifier)  
mains voltage     
7    the chief or most important part or consideration  
8    great strength or force (now chiefly in the phrase (with) might and main)  
9    Literary   the open ocean  
10    Archaic      short for       Spanish Main  
11    Archaic      short for       mainland  
12    in (or for) the main   on the whole; for the most part  
     (C13: from Old English mægen strength)  
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n.
primary, main, basic
n.
(in neomarxist thought) the second main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of formation. The members of the formoisie have human capital, receive high wages (the most frequently thanks to their diplomas) and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1993 Yanick Toutain)
[Hum. Sc.] The formoisie is the social class that created social-democracy and stalinism.
n.
(in neomarxist thought) the third main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of innovation. The members of the innovoisie have usually human innovating capital. They receive (as individuals) copyrights or patent rights and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1996 Yanick Toutain)
exp.
be the most affected by a unpleasant situation; be considered the main responsible for a negative event
E.g.: If the deadline is not met, the production department will bear the brunt
n.
to get so focused on the details or intricacies of something that you miss the big picture or the main point
His book subject is quite good, but he tends to miss the forest for the trees. (tending to get in too much detail and miss the essence).
n.
abbr. Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
[Leg.] Is a multinational treaty for the purpose of establishing international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement.
exp.
manufactured according to fair trade principles: équitablement fabriqué?
n.
a ban or a partial prohibition on trade of weapons with a particular country, in order to isolate it

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