amain
amain a*main", v. i. (Naut.) To lower the topsail, in token of surrender; to yield. [1913 Webster]

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  • Amain — A*main , adv. [Pref. a + main. See 2d {Main}, n.] 1. With might; with full force; vigorously; violently; exceedingly. [1913 Webster] They on the hill, which were not yet come to blows, perceiving the fewness of their enemies, came down amain.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Amain — A*main , v. t. [F. amener. See {Amenable}.] (Naut.) To lower, as a sail, a yard, etc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • amain — (adv.) 1530s, from MAIN (Cf. main) by analogy with other words in a (e.g. AFOOT (Cf. afoot)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • amain — [ə mān′] adv. [ A 1, on + MAIN] 1. Archaic forcefully; vigorously 2. at or with great speed 3. hastily; suddenly 4. greatly …   English World dictionary

  • amain — adverb Date: 1540 1. with all one s might < the soul strives amain to live and work R. W. Emerson > 2. archaic a. at full speed b. in great haste 3. archaic to a high degree ; exceedingly < they whom …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • amain — adverb a) In a forceful manner. They spurred amain, their steeds were white: b) At full speed; in great haste. The heavy rain it hurries amain …   Wiktionary

  • amain — adverb 1. at full speed; with great haste the children ran down the hill amain 2. with all your strength he pulled the ropes amain …   Useful english dictionary

  • amain — /euh mayn /, adv. Archaic. 1. with full force. 2. at full speed. 3. suddenly; hastily. 4. exceedingly; greatly. [1530 40; A 1 + MAIN1] * * * …   Universalium

  • amain — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adv. [with] full force or speed; hastily. See energy, velocity …   English dictionary for students

  • amain — to a high degree; exceedingly; at full speed Forthright s Forsoothery …   Phrontistery dictionary

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