- a person with the ability or power to use, control, or dispose of something: a master of six languages; to be master of one's fate.
- an owner of a slave, animal, etc.
- an employer of workers or servants.
- the male head of a household.
- a person eminently skilled in something, as an occupation, art, or science: the great masters of the Impressionist period.
- a person whose teachings others accept or follow: a Zen master.
- Chiefly British. a male teacher or schoolmaster.
- a worker qualified to teach apprentices and to carry on a trade independently.
- a title given to a bridge or chess player who has won or placed in a certain number of officially recognized tournaments.
- a person holding this title.
- Also called master mariner. a person who commands a merchant ship; captain.
- a victor or conqueror.
- a presiding officer.
- an officer of the court to whom some or all of the issues in a case may be referred for the purpose of taking testimony and making a report to the court.
- the Master, Jesus Christ.
- a person who has been awarded a master's degree.
- a boy or young man (used chiefly as a term of address).
- Also called matrix. an original document, drawing, manuscript, etc., from which copies are made.
- a device for controlling another device operating in a similar way.Compare slave(def 5).
- matrix(def 14).
- a tape or disk from which duplicates may be made.
- Also called copy negative. Photography. a film, usually a negative, used primarily for making large quantities of prints.
- master of foxhounds.
- Archaic. a work of art produced by a master.
- being master; exercising mastery; dominant.
- chief or principal: a master list.
- directing or controlling: a master switch.
- of or relating to a master from which copies are made: master film; master matrix; master record; master tape.
- dominating or predominant: a master play.
- being a master of some occupation, art, etc.; eminently skilled: a master diplomat; a master pianist.
- being a master carrying on one's trade independently, rather than a worker employed by another: a master plumber.
- characteristic of a master; showing mastery.
- to make oneself master of; become an adept in: to master a language.
- to conquer or overcome: to master one's pride.
- to rule or direct as master: to master a crew.
- Recording. to produce a master tape, disk, or record of: The producer recorded, mixed, and mastered the new album.
Origin of master
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Examples from the Web for mastering
Contemporary Examples of mastering
But truth be told, I never came close to mastering the language despite my excellent grades.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
The Macallan represents a lifestyle; the kind that represents a person set on mastering their craft.The Restaurant, Flask, And Photography Worthy of The Macallan Whisky
December 16, 2014
I would say timing and mastering topography were two of them.Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
The positives of meditation are many, but mastering the practice can be a challenge.High-Tech Meditation: Swap Your Yogi for a Headset
April 14, 2014
Rather, he seems intent on mastering one particular but highly important element of it: empathy.Vimeo Presents: The Top 10 Videos of 2013
December 20, 2013
Historical Examples of mastering
Did she hate him for his mastering of circumstances but not herself?The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
For nearly ten years the disease kept on mastering me more and more.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
He set himself the infinite task of mastering the difficult language.The Long Labrador Trail
How tremendous is the quick succession of mastering passions!Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Mastering his emotion, de Loubersac decided to make a clean breast of it.A Nest of Spies
- the man in authority, such as the head of a household, the employer of servants, or the owner of slaves or animalsRelated adjective: magistral
- a person with exceptional skill at a certain thinga master of the violin
- (as modifier)a master thief
- (often capital) a great artist, esp an anonymous but influential artist
- a person who has complete control of a situation
- an abstract thing regarded as having power or influencethey regarded fate as the master of their lives
- a workman or craftsman fully qualified to practise his trade and to train others in it
- (as modifier)master carpenter
- an original copy, stencil, tape, etc, from which duplicates are made
- (as modifier)master copy
- a player of a game, esp chess or bridge, who has won a specified number of tournament games
- the principal of some colleges
- a highly regarded teacher or leader whose religion or philosophy is accepted by followers
- a graduate holding a master's degree
- the chief executive officer aboard a merchant ship
- a person presiding over a function, organization, or institution
- mainly British a male teacher
- an officer of the Supreme Court of Judicature subordinate to a judge
- the superior person or side in a contest
- a machine or device that operates to control a similar one
- (often capital) the heir apparent of a Scottish viscount or baron
- (modifier) overall or controllingmaster plan
- (modifier) designating a device or mechanism that controls othersmaster switch
- (modifier) main; principalmaster bedroom
- the master Southern African informal the man of the house
- to become thoroughly proficient into master the art of driving
- to overcome; defeatto master your emotions
- to rule or control as master
Word Origin for master
- a title of address placed before the first name or surname of a boy
- a respectful term of address, esp as used by disciples when addressing or referring to a religious teacher
- an archaic equivalent of Mr
early 13c., "to get the better of," from master (n.) and also from Old French maistrier, from Medieval Latin magistrare. Meaning "to reduce to subjugation" is early 15c.; that of "to acquire complete knowledge" is from 1740s. Related: Mastered; mastering.
late Old English mægester "one having control or authority," from Latin magister (n.) "chief, head, director, teacher" (source of Old French maistre, French maître, Spanish and Italian maestro, Portuguese mestre, Dutch meester, German Meister), contrastive adjective ("he who is greater") from magis (adv.) "more," from PIE *mag-yos-, comparative of root *meg- "great" (see mickle). Form influenced in Middle English by Old French cognate maistre. Meaning "original of a recording" is from 1904. In academic senses (from Medieval Latin magister) it is attested from late 14c., originally a degree conveying authority to teach in the universities. As an adjective from late 12c.
see past master.