Definitions of master

  1. To become the master of; to subject to one's will, control, or authority; to conquer; to overpower; to subdue.
  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.
  4. 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.
  5. To become master of: to overcome: to become skillful in: to execute with skill.
  6. To become master of; conquer; become skilful in.
  7. To overpower; subdue; rule; know; understand thoroughly.
  8. To be skillful; to excel.
  9. be or become completely proficient or skilled in; " She mastered Japanese in less than two years"
  10. have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of; " Do you control these data?"
  11. To conquer or subdue; to make one's self master of; to execute with skill.
  12. To subdue; to conquer; to bring under control; to overcome; to excel in anything.
  13. an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship
  14. an original creation ( i. e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made
  15. key that secures entrance everywhere
  16. an authority qualified to teach apprentices
  17. directs the work of other
  18. someone who holds a master's degree from academic institution
  19. One who uses, or controls at will, anything inanimate; as, to be master of one's time.
  20. One who has attained great skill in the use or application of anything; as, a master of oratorical art.
  21. A young gentleman; a lad, or small boy.
  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. A vessel having ( so many) masts; - used only in compounds; as, a two- master.
  24. A title given by courtesy, now commonly pronounced mister, except when given to boys; - sometimes written Mister, but usually abbreviated to Mr.
  25. The commander of a merchant vessel; - usually called captain. Also, a commissioned officer in the navy ranking next above ensign and below lieutenant.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. A ruler; owner; teacher; employer; degree in universities; one of distinguished skill in anything; title of address. esp. to a youth.
  29. A commander; teacher; employer; owner.
  30. An adept, as in an art or profession.
  31. 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.
  32. A vessel having masts.
  33. 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.
  34. controlling; " master race"; " master plan"
  35. highly skilled or proficient; " a master plumber"; " a master thief"
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. Exercising control; chief; skilled.
  39. Belonging to a master, chief, principal.
  40. In many compounds- chief, as in MASTER- BUILDER, MASTER- MASON, etc.
  41. ( in compounds) chief; excellent.
  42. Controlling; chief.