1(idea/purpose) principal(idea/purpose) fundamental(idea/purpose) más importante(bedroom/door) principal(office) centralthe main thing — lo fundamental
- I have my main meal (of the day) in the evening — hago la comida principal / fuerte por la noche
- main deck — cubierta principal
- Colibacillus from domestic sewage is one of the main reasons area water is below drinking standard.
- Gravel pits along the Hudson Bay coast were the third main environmental concern.
- Because of the anticipated size of the main dishes, we unanimously decided to skip starters.
- The third main thrust of the mission, is to measure the radiation environment around the red planet.
- They appear to have settled chiefly in the north and center of the main island.
- Here in Australia our main source of electricity is coal, and it's our biggest export earner.
- I wandered about, and sat for a while in the main choir listening to the organ.
- The main road was blocked all day till 5.00 pm when the damaged vehicles were moved by cranes.
- When pre-season is complete, you are ready to start fighting in the main season.
- Frequently, teachers would use students as main characters in problem-solving situations.
- Demand was depressed in the main consuming countries last year, so prices should be falling.
- His main distinguishing feature was the single black eye patch thrown across his left eye.
- The only way out is the one and only main gate.
- The main importance of writing is that it provides good evidence.
- Inside, the main living area is open plan, with the sitting room separated from the kitchen by an archway.
- They said nothing more on the short walk back to the main open area where tables had now been set up.
- Last week saw the main parties fighting to win the battle of the box.
- With the forthcoming London mayoral elections in June, the three main candidates have thrown their hats into the ring.
- The main TV networks have lost a third of their audience over the past twenty years.
- Upon leaving, walk down St. Paul's steps and make a right turn onto the first main thoroughfare.
1.1(principal pipe) cañería principal femenino(principal pipe) cañería de distribución femenino(principal pipe) tubería principal femenino(principal pipe) tubería de distribución femenino(principal cable) cable principal masculino
- There were reports of broken water and gas mains around northern Kyushu, and bullet trains and other railways and subways suspended operations, but later resumed running.
- Water mains and gas, sewer, telephone, and electrical systems were disrupted through the area.
- Numerous leaks have developed from broken water pipes and mains.
- Because of this, the water main was above the gas main, and had been encased in concrete to protect it from the heavy traffic above.
- Faulks said the alarm was not properly connected to electrical mains and would have had to rely on a back-up battery even if switched on.
- The problem was sparked by a burst water pipe on Monday which leaked into the gas mains.
- The current flood and two of the previous floods were caused by burst pipes or mains and Essex and Suffolk Water have admitted responsibility.
- Since the overwhelming majority of us are connected to the electricity grid, gas mains or both, the scourge of indoor air pollution is not a killer.
- The area the city you're talking about, we did have a lot of water in the gas mains, the low pressure gas lines that were affected.
- In part of Stricklandgate, the water and gas mains were close together and set in protective concrete.
- It was also delivering water to the camp, where many mains and sewage pipes are broken.
- The first phase of roadworks, which will involve replacing existing gas mains with modern plastic piping, started in Cambridge Road, near the junction with Park Road, on Monday.
- We are accelerating this work, and by 2010 will have renewed over 1,100 miles of water mains in London.
- Workmen laying a gas pipe drilled through an existing main, causing gas to seep into the cellar of the house.
- Workers have completed repairs, but were today still pumping water out of the gas main before restoring supplies.
- Another problem, and one not restricted to the developing world, was the risk of cross contamination of water and sewer mains, he said.
- Water would also begin to be a problem as the rubble thrown out by the blast dammed the river, which soon started to overflow its banks where its waters mixed with sewage from broken mains.
- If you have any questions about the location of the gas main, call your gas company.
- Council heard upgrades to the water and sewer mains there will need upgrading to properly service the proposed affordable housing complex on the former community hall site.
- The pipelaying project is part of a multi-million pound programme of improvements to replace old metal gas mains with new plastic pipes.
- Chris Watts, 40, of Peldon, was using a mechanical digger in the front garden of a house in London Road, Marks Tey, when he hit electricity and gas mains.
1.2(supply)the main / (British) the mains — la red de suministro
- to turn the water/gas off at the main / (British) the mains — cerrar la llave (principal) del agua/del gas
- you can run it off the mains — se puede conectar a la red
2literario(open sea)the main — la mar océana literario