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Definition of Master


  1. A vessel having (so many) masts; -- used only in compounds; as, a two-master.
  2. 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.
  3. One who uses, or controls at will, anything inanimate; as, to be master of one's time.
  4. One who has attained great skill in the use or application of anything; as, a master of oratorical art.
  5. A title given by courtesy, now commonly pronounced mister, except when given to boys; -- sometimes written Mister, but usually abbreviated to Mr.
  6. A young gentleman; a lad, or small boy.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. To become the master of; to subject to one's will, control, or authority; to conquer; to overpower; to subdue.
  10. To gain the command of, so as to understand or apply; to become an adept in; as, to master a science.
  11. To own; to posses.
  12. To be skillful; to excel.

Master Quotations

You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.
Conrad Hall

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren't enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.
Viggo Mortensen

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly. - Richard Bach
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.
Richard Bach

No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
Hunter S. Thompson

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
Eric Hoffer
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Master Translations

master in Afrikaans is baas
master in Dutch is onder de knie krijgen, meester worden
master in Italian is dominare
master in Latin is dominus domno, rector, magister, erus
master in Portuguese is amo, mestre
master in Spanish is amo, gobernar
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