master: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (mas'tur, mä'stur), [key]
- 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.
- an owner of a slave, animal, etc.
- an employer of workers or servants.
- the male head of a household.
- a person eminently skilled in something, as an occupation, art, or science: the great masters of the Impressionist period.
- a person whose teachings others accept or follow: a Zen master.
- a male teacher or schoolmaster.
- a worker qualified to teach apprentices and to carry on a trade independently.
- a title given to a bridge or chess player who has won or placed in a certain number of officially recognized tournaments.
- a person holding this title.
- a person who commands a merchant ship; captain.
- a victor or conqueror.
- a presiding officer.
- 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.
- Jesus Christ.
- a person who has been awarded a master's degree.
- a boy or young man (used chiefly as a term of address).
- Also calledan original document, drawing, manuscript, etc., from which copies are made.
- a device for controlling another device operating in a similar way. Cf.(def. 5).
- matrix (def. 13).
- a tape or disk from which duplicates may be made.
- Also calleda film, usually a negative, used primarily for making large quantities of prints.
- a work of art produced by a master.
- being master; exercising mastery; dominant.
- chief or principal: a master list.
- directing or controlling: a master switch.
- of or pertaining to a master from which copies are made: master film; master matrix; master record; master tape.
- dominating or predominant: a master play.
- being a master of some occupation, art, etc.; eminently skilled: a master diplomat; a master pianist.
- being a master carrying on one's trade independently, rather than a worker employed by another: a master plumber.
- characteristic of a master; showing mastery.
- to make oneself master of; become an adept in: to master a language.
- to conquer or overcome: to master one's pride.
- to rule or direct as master: to master a crew.
- Recording. to produce a master tape, disk, or record of: The producer recorded, mixed, and mastered the new album.
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