Definition of Master

1. Noun. An artist of consummate skill. "One of the old masters"

Exact synonyms: Maestro
Generic synonyms: Artist, Creative Person
Specialized synonyms: Old Master
Derivative terms: Masterly, Mastership

2. Verb. Be or become completely proficient or skilled in. "She mastered Japanese in less than two years"
Exact synonyms: Get The Hang
Generic synonyms: Know
Entails: Acquire, Larn, Learn, Drill, Exercise, Practice, Practise
Derivative terms: Mastering, Mastery

3. Adjective. Most important element. "A master switch"
Exact synonyms: Chief, Main, Primary, Principal
Similar to: Important, Of Import

4. Noun. A person who has general authority over others.
Exact synonyms: Lord, Overlord
Specialized synonyms: Feudal Lord, Seigneur, Seignior
Generic synonyms: Ruler, Swayer
Derivative terms: Lordship, Mastership, Overlordship

5. Verb. Get on top of; deal with successfully. "He overcame his shyness"
Exact synonyms: Get Over, Overcome, Subdue, Surmount
Generic synonyms: Beat, Beat Out, Crush, Shell, Trounce, Vanquish
Specialized synonyms: Bulldog

6. Noun. A combatant who is able to defeat rivals.
Exact synonyms: Superior, Victor
Generic synonyms: Battler, Belligerent, Combatant, Fighter, Scrapper
Specialized synonyms: Conqueror, Vanquisher

7. Verb. Have dominance or the power to defeat over. "The methods can master the problems"
Exact synonyms: Dominate
Specialized synonyms: Command, Subject, Subjugate
Generic synonyms: Command, Control
Derivative terms: Dominance, Dominant, Domination, Mastery, Mastery

8. Noun. Directs the work of others.
Generic synonyms: Employer
Specialized synonyms: Postmaster, Spymaster, Station Agent, Stationmaster
Derivative terms: Mastership

9. Verb. Have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of. "Do you control these data?"
Exact synonyms: Control
Entails: Understand
Generic synonyms: Know
Specialized synonyms: Cinch
Related verbs: Control, Operate
Derivative terms: Control

10. Noun. Presiding officer of a school.
Exact synonyms: Headmaster, Schoolmaster
Specialized synonyms: Housemaster
Generic synonyms: Head, Head Teacher, Principal, School Principal
Derivative terms: Headmastership, Mastership

11. Noun. An original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made.
Exact synonyms: Master Copy, Original
Generic synonyms: Creation
Derivative terms: Original, Original

12. Noun. An officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship.
Exact synonyms: Captain, Sea Captain, Skipper
Generic synonyms: Officer, Ship's Officer
Specialized synonyms: Captain Kidd, Kidd, William Kidd
Derivative terms: Captainship, Mastership, Skipper

13. Noun. Someone who holds a master's degree from academic institution.

14. Noun. An authority qualified to teach apprentices.
Exact synonyms: Professional
Generic synonyms: Authority
Specialized synonyms: Past Master
Derivative terms: Masterly, Mastership

15. Noun. Key that secures entrance everywhere.
Exact synonyms: Master Key, Passe-partout, Passkey
Generic synonyms: Key
Specialized synonyms: Skeleton Key

Definition of Master

1. n. A vessel having (so many) masts; -- used only in compounds; as, a two-master.

2. n. 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.

3. v. t. To become the master of; to subject to one's will, control, or authority; to conquer; to overpower; to subdue.

4. v. i. To be skillful; to excel.

Definition of Master

1. Noun. Prefix to a boy's name. ¹

2. Noun. A religious teacher, often as an honorific title. ¹

3. Noun. A master's degree. ¹

4. Noun. A person holding a master's degree, as a title. ¹

5. Noun. The owner of a slave, in some literature. ¹

6. Noun. (context: Wicca) One of the triune gods of the Horned God in Wicca alongside the Father and Sage and representing a boy ¹

7. Noun. Someone who has control over something or someone. ¹

8. Noun. Owner of an animal or slave. ¹

9. Noun. (nautical) The captain of a merchant ship; a master mariner. ¹

10. Noun. Someone who employs others. ¹

11. Noun. An expert at something. ¹

12. Noun. A tradesman who is qualified to teach apprentices. ¹

13. Noun. A skilled artist. ¹

14. Noun. (dated) A courtesy title of a man or a boy; mister. See Master. ¹

15. Noun. A master's degree; a type of postgraduate degree, usually undertaken after a bachelor degree. ¹

16. Noun. A person holding such a degree. ¹

17. Noun. The original of a document or of a recording. ¹

18. Noun. (film) The primary wide shot of a scene, into which the closeups will be edited later. ¹

19. Noun. (context: legal) A parajudicial officer (such as a referee, an auditor, an examiner, or an assessor) specially appointed to help a court with its proceedings. ¹

20. Noun. (engineering) A device that is controlling other devices or is an authoritative source (e.g. master database) ¹

21. Adjective. masterful ¹

22. Adjective. main, principal or predominant ¹

23. Adjective. highly skilled ¹

24. Adjective. original ¹

25. Verb. to be a master ¹

26. Verb. (transitive) to control ¹

27. Verb. (transitive) to learn to a high degree of proficiency ¹

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Definition of Master

1. to become skilled in [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Master

1. 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. The employer of a servant. The owner of a slave. The person to whom an apprentice is articled. A sovereign, prince, or feudal noble; a chief, or one exercising similar authority. The head of a household. The male head of a school or college. A male teacher. The director of a number of persons performing a ceremony or sharing a feast. The owner of a docile brute, especially a dog or horse. 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. "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, 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. 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, especially. 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 prints. 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. . Past master, one who has held the office of master in a lodge of Freemasons or in a society similarly organised. 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. 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." (Chaucer) Master joint, a tap for forming the thread in a screw cutting die. Master touch. The touch or skill of a master. Some part of a performance which exhibits very skillful work or treatment. "Some master touches of this admirable piece." . 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 masterpiece. Master workman, a man specially skilled in any art, handicraft, or trade, or who is an overseer, foreman, or employer. Origin: OE. Maistre, maister, OF. Maistre, mestre, F. Maitre, 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Master

master (current term)
master's degree
master's degrees
master's theses
master's thesis
master bedroom
master bedrooms
master cast
master chief petty officer
master chief petty officers
master copy
master cylinder

Literary usage of Master

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1. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, Edwin Booth, Henry L Hinton (1867)
"Certainly, my conscience will serve me to r,m from this Jew, my master. The fiend is at mine elbow, and tempts me, saying to me, 'Gobbo, Launcelot Gobbo, ..."

2. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs, Lydia Maria Francis Child (1861)
"THE NEW master AND MISTRESS. DK. FLINT, a physician in the neighborhood, had married the ... He was now to learn his first lesson of obedience to a master. ..."

3. A Treatise on the Law of Crimes by William Lawrence Clark, William Lawrence Marshall, Herschel Bouton Lazell (1905)
"(d) Negligence of Principal or master.—When it is said that a principal is not generally indictable for the acts of his agent done without his authority or ..."

4. Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum (1901)
"SAILING ALONE AROUND THE WORLD CHAPTER IA blue-nose ancestry with Yankee proclivities — Youthful fondness for the sea — master of the ship Northern Light ..."

5. Hand-book of Marine Insurance and Average by Francis B. Dixon (1866)
"Apart, therefore, from the nautical qualifications of the master, which he ought to possess in no slight degree, there are various other circumstances ..."

6. The Works of the Rev. Joseph Bellamy, D.D., Late of Bethlem, Connecticut by Joseph Bellamy, Noah Benedict (1812)
"Wherefore the law was our School-master to bring us unto CHRIST, that we might be justified by faith. THE chief design of the present discourse is to give ..."

7. A Treatise on the Law of Shipping and the Law and Practice of Admiralty by Theophilus Parsons (1869)
"OF THE DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE master. SECTION I. OF THE FOUNDATION AND NATURE OF THE master'S AUTHORITY. THE master of a ship holds a peculiar and ..."

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