Meaning of MASTER in English


— masterless , adj.

/mas"teuhr, mah"steuhr/ , 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. Chiefly Brit. 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. the Master , 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 called matrix . an original document, drawing, manuscript, etc., from which copies are made.

19. a device for controlling another device operating in a similar way. Cf. slave (def. 5).

20. Recording.

a. matrix (def. 13).

b. a tape or disk from which duplicates may be made.

21. Also called copy negative . Photog. a film, usually a negative, used primarily for making large quantities of prints.

22. See master of foxhounds .

23. Archaic. a work of art produced by a master.


24. being master; exercising mastery; dominant.

25. chief or principal: a master list.

26. directing or controlling: a master switch.

27. of or pertaining to a master from which copies are made: master film; master matrix; master record; master tape.

28. dominating or predominant: a master play.

29. being a master of some occupation, art, etc.; eminently skilled: a master diplomat; a master pianist.

30. being a master carrying on one's trade independently, rather than a worker employed by another: a master plumber.

31. characteristic of a master; showing mastery.


32. to make oneself master of; become an adept in: to master a language.

33. to conquer or overcome: to master one's pride.

34. to rule or direct as master: to master a crew.

35. Recording. to produce a master tape, disk, or record of: The producer recorded, mixed, and mastered the new album.

[ bef. 900; ME maistre, maister, OE magister magnus great ]

Syn. 1. adept, expert. 26. main, leading, primary, prime, cardinal. 31. adept, expert, skillful. 33. subdue, control. 34. govern, manage.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .