The name of the subroutine called by the run-time system (RTS) when it executes a C program. The RTS passes the program's command-line arguments to main as a count and an array of pointers to strings. If the main subroutine returns then the program exits.

Java has inheritted the name "main" from C but in Java it's more complicated of course. The main routine must have a signature of exactly

 public static void main(String [])

And it must be inside a public class with the same name as the source file where it is defined.

Last updated: 2008-11-12

Nearby terms:

mail user agentMail Users' ShellmainMAINBOLMain Distribution Frame

Try this search on Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Google, OneLook.