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mainsheet the rope or line that controls the angle at which the mainsail of a vessel is set.
mainspring the principal spring in a mechanism such as a timepiece, that provides motive force by uncoiling. [2 definitions]
mainstay a strong rope or cable that secures and stabilizes the mainmast of a sailing ship. [2 definitions]
main stem (informal) the principal street in a town or the main line of a railroad.
mainstream the principal or dominant direction or trend of a human activity or movement. [3 definitions]
mainstreaming the placement of persons who are disabled, mentally handicapped, or otherwise disadvantaged into regular school classes, jobs, and the like.
maintain to keep in existence; continue without making changes. [4 definitions]
maintainable combined form of maintain.
maintenance the act of maintaining or state of being maintained. [2 definitions]
maintop the platform positioned at the head of the mainmast on a square-rigged sailing vessel.
main-topmast the section of the mainmast on a sailing vessel that is positioned between the top and lower masts.
main-topsail the sail set above the mainsail on the main-topmast of a vessel.
main yard the lowest transverse spar or pole on the mainmast, used to set the mainsail on a sailing vessel.
mai tai a cocktail made with rum and fruit juices, and often garnished with fruit.
maître d' (informal) a headwaiter.
maître d'hôtel a steward or headwaiter, as of a restaurant, hotel, or club. [2 definitions]
maize see Indian corn. [3 definitions]
Maj. abbreviation of "Major," any one whose military rank is above captain and below lieutenant colonel.
majestic regal, imposing, or stately; of great dignity or grandness.
majesty the greatness, dignity, or power of a sovereign or sovereign being. [5 definitions]
majolica a kind of Italian pottery that is enameled and glazed with tin oxide, usu. highly colored and decorated.