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Definitions of master

  1. an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship
  2. have dominance or the power to defeat over; " Her pain completely mastered her"; " The methods can master the problems"
  3. get on top of; deal with successfully; " He overcame his shyness"
  4. be or become completely proficient or skilled in; " She mastered Japanese in less than two years"
  5. presiding officer of a school
  6. a person who has general authority over others
  7. an artist of consummate skill; " a master of the violin"; " one of the old masters"
  8. an original creation ( i. e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made
  9. key that secures entrance everywhere
  10. an authority qualified to teach apprentices
  11. directs the work of other
  12. someone who holds a master's degree from academic institution
  13. have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of; " Do you control these data?"
  14. controlling; " master race"; " master plan"
  15. highly skilled or proficient; " a master plumber"; " a master thief"
  16. a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
  17. 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 horse. ( j) The controller of a familiar spirit or other supernatural being.
  18. One who uses, or controls at will, anything inanimate; as, to be master of one's time.
  19. One who has attained great skill in the use or application of anything; as, a master of oratorical art.
  20. A young gentleman; a lad, or small boy.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. To become the master of; to subject to one's will, control, or authority; to conquer; to overpower; to subdue.
  24. To gain the command of, so as to understand or apply; to become an adept in; as, to master a science.
  25. To own; to posses.
  26. To be skillful; to excel.
  27. A vessel having ( so many) masts; - used only in compounds; as, a two- master.
  28. A title given by courtesy, now commonly pronounced mister, except when given to boys; - sometimes written Mister, but usually abbreviated to Mr.
  29. The commander of a merchant vessel; - usually called captain. Also, a commissioned officer in the navy ranking next above ensign and below lieutenant.
  30. One who rules or commands people or things; director; employer; owner; head of a household, college, school, etc.; an expert; winner in a contest; a great artist; a skilled workman; commander of a merchant vessel.
  31. Exercising control; chief; skilled.
  32. To subdue or overcome; conquer; as, to master a task; to excel in: Master, a person holding an advanced university degree; a title used before the names of boys; a legal title.
  33. One who commands: a lord or owner: a leader or ruler: a teacher: an employer: the commander of a merchant- ship: the officer who navigates a ship- of- war under the captain: a degree in universities: one eminently skilled in anything: the common title of address to a young gentleman.
  34. Belonging to a master, chief, principal.
  35. To become master of: to overcome: to become skillful in: to execute with skill.
  36. In many compounds- chief, as in MASTER- BUILDER, MASTER- MASON, etc.
  37. ( in compounds) chief; excellent.
  38. A ruler; owner; teacher; employer; degree in universities; one of distinguished skill in anything; title of address. esp. to a youth.
  39. To become master of; conquer; become skilful in.
  40. To overpower; subdue; rule; know; understand thoroughly.
  41. Controlling; chief.
  42. A commander; teacher; employer; owner.
  43. An adept, as in an art or profession.
  44. A man who rules, governs, or directs: a director; owner: ruler; commander; the commander of a merchant ship; an officer who takes rank immediately after the lieutenants, and navigates under the captain; a teacher; the head of a school or a college; an appellation of respect: an appellation given to boys; an expert or proficient; a university degree; the chief of a society.
  45. To conquer or subdue; to make one's self master of; to execute with skill.
  46. A vessel having masts.
  47. A man who has rule or government over others; a lord; a ruler; a chief; the head of a household; a director; an owner; a possessor; one very skilful in anything; one uncontrolled; a teacher or instructor; an employer; the commander of a merchant ship; an officer in a ship of war under the direction of the captain; a title of address to a young gentleman; title of dignity in the universities, as master of arts.
  48. To subdue; to conquer; to bring under control; to overcome; to excel in anything.
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Usage examples for master

  1. He looked at his master – The Grey Cloak by Harold MacGrath
  2. Now and then, master – A Second Home by Honore de Balzac
  3. He's master and I'm only man! – A Dash from Diamond City by George Manville Fenn
  4. You can't see my master this hour; but miss will let you stay here. – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth
  5. All that I must remember was that he stood my lord and master – The Prairie Mother by Arthur Stringer
  6. It is indeed a dreadful house, whispered Henry in Michal's ear, and the master of that house is an object of terror. – Pretty Michal by Mór Jókai
  7. Not if you are master of this place. – Lucretia, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  8. Your master is at work. – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  9. And here's master sir; ask him." – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  10. " I am still Erik Dorn, master of my fate and captain of my soul," he smiled. – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht
  11. The Master is indeed too good." – Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert
  12. I was far from being happy in my Master he did not use me well. – A Narrative Of The Most Remarkable Particulars In The Life Of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, An African Prince, As Related By Himself by James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw
  13. I knew it- but the master didn't." – The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  14. The master was alone! – Then Marched the Brave by Harriet T. Comstock
  15. I would see your master where is he? – Shanty the Blacksmith; A Tale of Other Times by Mrs. Sherwood [AKA: Mrs. Mary Martha Sherwood]
  16. It is all the same, master – Our World, or, The Slaveholders Daughter by F. Colburn Adams
  17. He is the head of the family- your master and mine. – Baron Trigault's Vengeance Volume 2 (of 2) by Emile Gaboriau
  18. He was not her master – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  19. My husband is going to be master of his own house, or I'll know the reason why. – The Daughters of a Genius by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  20. There was something wrong, and he could not master it. – A Double Knot by George Manville Fenn
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