Meaning of master

mas•ter

Pronunciation: (mas'tur, mä'stur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person with the ability or power to use, control, or dispose of something: a master of six languages; to be master of one's fate.
  2. an owner of a slave, animal, etc.
  3. an employer of workers or servants.
  4. the male head of a household.
  5. a person eminently skilled in something, as an occupation, art, or science: the great masters of the Impressionist period.
  6. a person whose teachings others accept or follow: a Zen master.
  7. a male teacher or schoolmaster.
  8. a worker qualified to teach apprentices and to carry on a trade independently.
  9. a title given to a bridge or chess player who has won or placed in a certain number of officially recognized tournaments.
  10. a person holding this title.
  11. a person who commands a merchant ship; captain.
  12. a victor or conqueror.
  13. a presiding officer.
  14. an officer of the court to whom some or all of the issues in a case may be referred for the purpose of taking testimony and making a report to the court.
  15. Jesus Christ.
  16. a person who has been awarded a master's degree.
  17. a boy or young man (used chiefly as a term of address).
  18. Also calledan original document, drawing, manuscript, etc., from which copies are made.
  19. a device for controlling another device operating in a similar way. Cf.(def. 5).
  20. Recording.
    1. matrix (def. 13).
    2. a tape or disk from which duplicates may be made.
  21. Also calleda film, usually a negative, used primarily for making large quantities of prints.
  22. See
  23. a work of art produced by a master.
—adj.
  1. being master; exercising mastery; dominant.
  2. chief or principal: a master list.
  3. directing or controlling: a master switch.
  4. of or pertaining to a master from which copies are made: master film; master matrix; master record; master tape.
  5. dominating or predominant: a master play.
  6. being a master of some occupation, art, etc.; eminently skilled: a master diplomat; a master pianist.
  7. being a master carrying on one's trade independently, rather than a worker employed by another: a master plumber.
  8. characteristic of a master; showing mastery.
—v.t.
  1. to make oneself master of; become an adept in: to master a language.
  2. to conquer or overcome: to master one's pride.
  3. to rule or direct as master: to master a crew.
  4. Recording. to produce a master tape, disk, or record of: The producer recorded, mixed, and mastered the new album.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
See also: