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- adv. In a forceful manner.
- adv. At full speed; in great haste.
- adv. Out of control.
- v. To lower the topsail, in token of surrender; to yield.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. With might; with full force; vigorously; violently; exceedingly.
- adv. At full speed; in great haste; also, at once.
- transitive v. To lower, as a sail, a yard, etc.
- intransitive v. To lower the topsail, in token of surrender; to yield.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- With force, strength, or violence; violently; furiously; suddenly; at full speed; hastily.
- To lead; conduct; manage.
- To lower (a sail), especially the topsail.
- To lower; abate.
- To lower the topsail or one's flag, in token of yielding; yield; surrender.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. with all your strength
- adv. at full speed; with great haste
His bloodhounds twain he called amain, and straightway gave her chase;
Failure to amain, that is, to douse your topsail or dip your colours when you meet with a ship of war -- the marine equivalent for raising one's hat -- constituted a gross contempt of the king's service.
Queen Pansie, as she might fairly have been styled, in reference to her position in the household, -- calling amain for grandpapa and breakfast.
A sound as though a cork from a bottle burst amain!
By Glyn Davies, at Fri May 23, 10:37:00 PM glyn you are so right to get involved with this . its a disgrace that its not become amain issue for the regulaters. allpower to your elbow on it
Cleave fast to her thou lovest and let the envious rail amain, iv.
Then the hosts charged down upon each other and clashed together the twain with a mighty strain, the brave pressed on amain and the coward to fly was fain and the Jinn cast flames of fire from their mouths, whilst the smoke of them rose up to the confines of the sky and the two armies appeared and disappeared.
Then they farewelled him and went down to look after the safety of their troops; and they ceased not to keep up the fires till the morning rose with its sheen and shone, when the fighting-men mounted their horses of noble strain and smote one another with thin-edged skean and with brawn of bill they thrust amain nor did they cease that day battle to darraign.
Then they slept till daybreak, when the battle-drums beat to fight and the swords in baldric were dight; and war-cries were cried amain and all mounted their horses of generous strain and drew out into the field, filling every wide place and hill and plain.
As soon as dawned the day, the two hosts mounted and drew up in battle array and beat their drums amain and drave their steeds of swiftest strain; and they filled the whole earthly plain; and the champions to come out were fain.