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M'ASTER, noun [Latin magister, compounded of the root of magis, major, greater.]

1. A man who rules, governs or directs either men or business. A man who owns slaves is their master; he who has servants is their master; he who has apprentices is their master; he who has apprentices is their master as he has the government and direction of them. The man who superintends and directs any business, is master or master workman.

O thou my friend, my genius, come along,

Thou master of the poet and the song.

Nations that want protectors, will have masters.

2. A director, head, or chief manager; as the master of a feast.

3. The owner; proprietor; with the idea of governing. The master of a house may be the owner, or the occupant, who has a temporary right of governing it.

It would be believed that he rather took the horse for his subject, than his master

4. A lord; a ruler; one who has supreme dominion.

Caesar, the world's great master and his own.

5. A chief; a principal; as the master root of a plant.

One master passion swallows up the rest.

6. One who has possession, and the power of controlling or using at pleasure.

When I have made myself master of a hundred thousand drachmas--

7. The commander of a merchant ship.

8. In ships of war, an officer who takes rank immediately after the lieutenants, and navigates the ship under the direction of the captain.

9. The director of a school; a teacher; an instructor.

In this sense the word is giving place to the more appropriate words teacher, instructor and preceptor; at least it is so in the United States.

10. One uncontrolled.

Let every man be master of his time.

11. An appellation of respect.

Master doctor, you have brought those drugs.

12. An appellation given to young men.

Where there are little masters and misses in a house--

13. A man eminently or perfectly skilled in any occupation, art or science. We say, a man is master of his business; a great master of music, of the flute or violin; a master of his subject, etc.

14. A title of dignity in colleges and universities; as master of Arts.

15. The chief of a society; as the Grand master of Malta, of free-masons, etc.

16. The director of ceremonies at public places, or on public occasions.

17. The president of a college.

Master in chancery, an assistant of the lord chancellor, chosen from among the barristers to sit in chancery, or at the rolls.

To be master of one's self, to have the command or control of one's own passions.

The word master has numerous applications, in all of which it has the sense of director, chief or superintendent.

As a title of respect given to adult persons, it is pronounced mister; a pronunciation which seems to have been derived from some of the northern dialects. [supra.]

M'ASTER, verb intransitive To conquer; to overpower; to subdue; to bring under control.

Obstinacy and willful neglect must be mastered, even though it costs blows.

Evil customs must be mastered by degrees.

1. To execute with skill.

I will not offer that which I cannot master

2. To rule; to govern.

--And rather father thee than master thee. [Not used.]

M'ASTER, verb intransitive To be skillful; to excel.

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M'ASTERDOM, noun Dominion, rule. [Not used.]

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M'ASTERFUL, adjective Having the skill of a master; also, imperious; arbitrary.

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M'ASTER-HAND, noun The hand of a man eminently skillful.

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M'ASTER-JEST, noun Principal jest.

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M'ASTER-KEY, noun The key that opens many locks, the subordinate keys of which open only one each.

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M'ASTERLESS, adjective Destitute of a master or owner.

1. Ungoverned; unsubdued.

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M'ASTER-LODE, noun In mining, the principal vein of ore.

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M'ASTERLY, adjective Formed or executed with superior skill; suitable to a master; most excellent; skillful; as a masterly design; a masterly performance; a masterly stroke of policy.

1. Imperious.

M'ASTERLY, adverb With the skill of a master.

Thou dost speak masterly

'I think it very masterly written, ' in Swift, is improper or unusual.

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M'ASTER-PIECE, noun A capital performance; any thing done or made with superior or extraordinary skill.

This wondrous master-piece I fain would see.

1. Chief excellence or talent.

Dissimulation was his master-piece

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M'ASTERSHIP, noun Dominion; rule; supreme power.

1. Superiority; preeminence.

Where noble youths for mastership should strive.

2. Chief work; master-piece. [Not used.]

3. Superior skill.

4. Title of respect; in irony.

How now, signor Launce, what new with your mastership

5. The office of president of a college, or other institution.

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M'ASTER-SINEW, noun A large sinew that surrounds the hough of a horse, and divides it from the bone by a hollow place, where the wind-galls are usually seated.

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M'ASTER-STRING, noun Principal string.

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M'ASTER-STROKE, noun Capital performance.

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M'ASTER-TOOTH, noun A principal tooth.

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M'ASTER-TOUCH, noun Principal performance.

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M'ASTER-WORK, noun Principal performance.

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M'ASTER-WORT, noun A plant of the genus Imperatoria.

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M'ASTERY, noun Dominion; power of governing or commanding.

If divided by mountains, they will fight for the mastery of the passages of the tops--

1. Superiority in competition; preeminence.

Every man that striveth for the mystery, is temperate in all things. 1 Corinthians 9:25.

2. Victory in war.

It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery Exodus 32:18.

3. Eminent skill; superior dexterity.

He could attain to a mastery in all languages.

4. Attainment of eminent skill or power.

The learning and mastery of a tongue being unpleasant in itself, should not be cumbered with other difficulties.