See also: Mains

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  • (British) IPA(key): /meɪnz/
  • Rhymes: -eɪnz
  • (file)

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mains

  1. plural of main

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mains (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly British) The domestic electrical power supply, especially as connected to a network or grid.
    I plugged it into the mains and it blew up!
    We don't have mains power out here, only a generator.
    mains electricity, mains voltage
  2. The pipes of a centralized water supply that transport the water to individual buildings.
  3. The main course of a meal.
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mains

  1. third-person singular simple present indicative of main

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Related to manse.

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mains (plural mains)

  1. (Scotland) The farm attached to a mansion house.
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide:
      Though no minister would visit the Skerburnfoot, or, if he went, departed quicker than he came, the girl Ailie attended regular at the catechising at the mains of Sker.
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mains f

  1. plural of main

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From Latin minus.

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mains m (plural mains)

  1. (Jersey, mathematics) minus sign