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Definition of master:

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

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