Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Master"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Master \Mast"er\, n. (Naut.)
A vessel having (so many) masts; -- used only in compounds;
as, a two-master.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Master \Mas"ter\, n. [OE. maistre, maister, OF. maistre, mestre,
F. ma[^i]tre, fr. L. magister, orig. a double comparative
from the root of magnus great, akin to Gr. ?. Cf. {Maestro},
{Magister}, {Magistrate}, {Magnitude}, {Major}, {Mister},
{Mistress}, {Mickle}.]
1. A male person having another living being so far subject
to his will, that he can, in the main, control his or its
actions; -- formerly used with much more extensive
application than now.
(a) The employer of a servant.
(b) The owner of a slave.
(c) The person to whom an apprentice is articled.
(d) A sovereign, prince, or feudal noble; a chief, or one
exercising similar authority.
(e) The head of a household.
(f) The male head of a school or college.
(g) A male teacher.
(h) The director of a number of persons performing a
ceremony or sharing a feast.
(i) The owner of a docile brute, -- especially a dog or
(j) The controller of a familiar spirit or other
supernatural being.

2. One who uses, or controls at will, anything inanimate; as,
to be master of one's time. --Shak.

Master of a hundred thousand drachms. --Addison.

We are masters of the sea. --Jowett
(Thucyd. ).

3. One who has attained great skill in the use or application
of anything; as, a master of oratorical art.

Great masters of ridicule. --Maccaulay.

No care is taken to improve young men in their own
language, that they may thoroughly understand and be
masters of it. --Locke.

4. A title given by courtesy, now commonly pronounced
m[i^]ster, except when given to boys; -- sometimes written
{Mister}, but usually abbreviated to Mr.

5. A young gentleman; a lad, or small boy.

Where there are little masters and misses in a
house, they are impediments to the diversions of the
servants. --Swift.

6. (Naut.) The commander of a merchant vessel; -- usually
called captain. Also, a commissioned officer in the navy
ranking next above ensign and below lieutenant; formerly,
an officer on a man-of-war who had immediate charge, under
the commander, of sailing the vessel.

7. A person holding an office of authority among the
Freemasons, esp. the presiding officer; also, a person
holding a similar office in other civic societies.

{Little masters}, certain German engravers of the 16th
century, so called from the extreme smallness of their

{Master in chancery}, an officer of courts of equity, who
acts as an assistant to the chancellor or judge, by
inquiring into various matters referred to him, and
reporting thereon to the court.

{Master of arts}, one who takes the second degree at a
university; also, the degree or title itself, indicated by
the abbreviation M. A., or A. M.

{Master of the horse}, the third great officer in the British
court, having the management of the royal stables, etc. In
ceremonial cavalcades he rides next to the sovereign.

{Master of the rolls}, in England, an officer who has charge
of the rolls and patents that pass the great seal, and of
the records of the chancery, and acts as assistant judge
of the court. --Bouvier. --Wharton.

{Past master}, one who has held the office of master in a
lodge of Freemasons or in a society similarly organized.

{The old masters}, distinguished painters who preceded modern
painters; especially, the celebrated painters of the 16th
and 17th centuries.

{To be master of one's self}, to have entire self-control;
not to be governed by passion.

{To be one's own master}, to be at liberty to act as one
chooses without dictation from anybody.

Note: Master, signifying chief, principal, masterly,
superior, thoroughly skilled, etc., is often used
adjiectively or in compounds; as, master builder or
master-builder, master chord or master-chord, master
mason or master-mason, master workman or
master-workman, master mechanic, master mind, master
spirit, master passion, etc.

Throughout the city by the master gate.

{Master joint} (Geol.), a quarryman's term for the more
prominent and extended joints traversing a rock mass.

{Master key}, a key adapted to open several locks differing
somewhat from each other; figuratively, a rule or
principle of general application in solving difficulties.

{Master lode} (Mining), the principal vein of ore.

{Master mariner}, an experienced and skilled seaman who is
certified to be competent to command a merchant vessel.

{Master sinew} (Far.), a large sinew that surrounds the hough
of a horse, and divides it from the bone by a hollow
place, where the windgalls are usually seated.

{Master singer}. See {Mastersinger}.

{Master stroke}, a capital performance; a masterly
achievement; a consummate action; as, a master stroke of

{Master tap} (Mech.), a tap for forming the thread in a screw
cutting die.

{Master touch}.
(a) The touch or skill of a master. --Pope.
(b) Some part of a performance which exhibits very
skillful work or treatment. ``Some master touches of
this admirable piece.'' --Tatler.

{Master work}, the most important work accomplished by a
skilled person, as in architecture, literature, etc.;
also, a work which shows the skill of a master; a

{Master workman}, a man specially skilled in any art,
handicraft, or trade, or who is an overseer, foreman, or

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Master \Mas"ter\, v. i.
To be skillful; to excel. [Obs.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Master \Mas"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mastered}; p. pr. vb. n.
1. To become the master of; to subject to one's will,
control, or authority; to conquer; to overpower; to

Obstinacy and willful neglects must be mastered,
even though it cost blows. --Locke.

2. To gain the command of, so as to understand or apply; to
become an adept in; as, to master a science.

3. To own; to posses. [Obs.]

The wealth That the world masters. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: highly skilled or proficient" "a master plumber"; "a master
thief" [syn: {master(a)}]
2: controlling; "master race"; "master plan" [syn: {master(a)}]
n 1: an artist of consummate skill; "a master of the violin";
"one of the old masters" [syn: {maestro}]
2: a person who has general authority over others [syn: {overlord},
3: a combatant who is able to defeat rivals [syn: {victor}, {superior}]
4: directs the work of other
5: presiding officer of a school [syn: {headmaster}, {schoolmaster}]
6: an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which
copies can be made [syn: {master copy}, {original}]
7: an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship [syn:
{captain}, {sea captain}, {skipper}]
8: someone who holds a master's degree from academic
9: an authority qualified to teach apprentices [syn: {professional}]
10: key that secures entrance everywhere [syn: {passkey}, {passe-partout},
{master key}]
v 1: be or become completely proficient or skilled in; "She
mastered Japanese in less than two years" [syn: {get the
2: get on top of; deal with successfully; "He overcame his
shyness" [syn: {overcome}, {get over}, {subdue}, {surmount}]
3: have dominance or the power to defeat over; "Her pain
completely mastered her"; "The methods can master the
problems" [syn: {dominate}]
4: have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of; "Do
you control these data?" [syn: {control}]

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