[mas-ter, mah-ster] /ˈmæs tər, ˈmɑ stər/
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.
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 (def 5).
Also called copy negative. Photography. a film, usually a negative, used primarily for making large quantities of prints.
Archaic. a work of art produced by a master.
being master; exercising ; 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 .
verb (used with object)
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.
the man in authority, such as the head of a household, the employer of servants, or the owner of slaves or animals related adjective magistral
(often capital) a great artist, esp an anonymous but influential artist
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 Brit) 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 controlling: master plan
(modifier) designating a device or mechanism that controls others: master switch
(modifier) main; principal: master bedroom
(South African, informal) the master, the man of the house
to become thoroughly proficient in: to master the art of driving
to overcome; defeat: to master your emotions
to rule or control as 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
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.
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.
see: past master
noun 1. an expert: a master hand at diplomacy. 2. great expertness: to show a master hand.
noun 1. a key that will open a number of different locks, the proper keys of which are not interchangeable. noun 1. a key that opens all the locks of a set, the individual keys of which are not interchangeable Also called pass key
[mas-ter-lee, mah-ster-] /ˈmæs tər li, ˈmɑ stər-/ adjective 1. like or befitting a , as in skill or art; worthy of a ; very skillful: a masterly presentation of the budget. adverb 2. in a masterly manner. /ˈmɑːstəlɪ/ adjective 1. of the skill befitting a master: a masterly performance adj. 1530s, “overbearing;” 1660s, “skillful,” from […]
noun 1. (def 11).