from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of main.
  • n. The domestic electrical power supply.
  • n. The pipes of a centralized water supply that transport the water to individual buildings.
  • n. The farm attached to a mansion house.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The farm attached to a mansion house; a manse.
  • n. The source of electrical power in a building; the wiring system of a building.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The farm or fields attached to a mansion-house; the home farm.


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