[mas-ter-mahynd, mah-ster-] /ˈmæs tərˌmaɪnd, ˈmɑ stər-/
verb (used with object)
to plan and direct (a usually complex project or activity), especially skillfully:
Two colonels had masterminded the revolt.
a person who originates or is primarily responsible for the execution of a particular idea, project, or the like:
the masterminds of company policy.
(transitive) to plan and direct (a complex undertaking): he masterminded the robbery
a person of great intelligence or executive talent, esp one who directs an undertaking
1720, “an outstanding intellect,” from master (n.) + mind (n.). Meaning “head of a criminal enterprise” is first attested 1872. As a verb from 1940. Related: Masterminded; masterminding.
noun 1. a master’s degree given usually in a specific branch of the humanities or social sciences. 2. a person who has been awarded this degree. Abbreviation: M.A., A.M. noun 1. a degree, usually postgraduate and in a nonscientific subject, or the holder of this degree MA
noun 1. the person responsible for the conduct of a fox hunt and to whom all members of the hunt and its staff are responsible. Abbreviation: M.F.H. noun 1. a person responsible for the maintenance of a pack of foxhounds and the associated staff, equipment, hunting arrangements, etc MFH
noun 1. a person who directs the entertainment at a party, dinner, nightclub, radio or television broadcast, or the like, acting as host and introducing the speakers or performers. noun 1. a person who presides over a public ceremony, formal dinner, or entertainment, introducing the events, performers, etc MC
noun 1. a master’s degree given usually in a specific branch of the natural sciences, mathematics, or technology. 2. a person who has been awarded this degree. Abbreviation: M.S., M.Sc., S.M., Sc.M. noun 1. a postgraduate degree, usually in science, or the holder of this degree MSc