There are 2 definitions of master in English:

master1

Syllabification: mas·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈmastər
 
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noun

1chiefly historical A man who has people working for him, especially servants or slaves: he acceded to his master’s wishes
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  • The third type of government in the household is that of the lord over his slaves and the master over his servants…
  • By 1640 the social structure of the island consisted of masters, servants, and slaves.
  • The old law of master and servant saw the master as the head of the family.
Synonyms
lord, overlord, lord and master, ruler, sovereign, monarch, liege (lord), suzerain
1.1A person who has dominance or control of something: he was master of the situation
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  • They were simply awesome, quite the masters of the situation.
  • But for the Prime Minister, usually the great master of these situations, it was close to a disaster.
  • Last evening, the master of all situations difficult went for a walk to make tough decisions.
1.2A machine or device directly controlling another: [as modifier]: a master cylinder Compare with slave.
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  • The main advantage of the cluster is that the computation power depends on the number of computers one adds to the master machine.
  • One device acts as a master and the devices connected to it act as slaves.
  • Whenever a machine becomes master, it takes over the virtual server address and continues with its original.
1.3 dated A male head of a household: the master of the house
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  • He asked me what my business was and I told him I had a letter of introduction for the master of the household.
  • He was the independent master of a peasant household, whose position was protected by the king's law.
  • He is a father, a master of household, a countryman, and hence a consummate member of a community.
1.4The owner of a dog, horse, or other domesticated animal.
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  • In these stories, the horse accompanies his master through all kinds of hardships and danger.
  • The forest was still and quiet; the horses watched their masters placidly.
  • Even the animals knew their masters were excited, and were thus excited themselves.
Synonyms
owner, keeper
2A skilled practitioner of a particular art or activity: I’m a master of disguise
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  • Strength, compassion, honor and skill elevate the practitioner to the master.
  • The FBI agent is tough, smart, and a master of disguise.
  • He is a master of disguise and concealment.
Synonyms
expert, adept, genius, past master, maestro, virtuoso, professional, doyen, authority, champion, record holder
informal ace, pro, wizard, whiz, hotshot, maven, crackerjack
2.1A great artist, especially one belonging to the accepted canon: the work of the great masters is spread around the art galleries of the world
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  • There he studied with both Canova and Thorvaldsen, the leading masters of Neoclassical sculpture.
  • All the collected works from the seven-week event are currently on show alongside masters like Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dali.
  • His watercolours, for instance, have been influenced by such masters as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Henri Matisse.
2.2A very strong chess or bridge player, especially one who has qualified for the title at international tournaments: a chess master See also grand master.
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  • All the young chess masters have been coached by titled players and most began regular instruction of one or two hours per week soon after learning the game.
  • Many of the greatest masters have recommended that chess should be studied from the endgame.
  • Did the old chess masters know something the modern champions don't?
2.3 (Masters) [treated as singular] (In some sports) a class for competitors over the usual age for the highest level of competition.
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  • It turned out that year's Masters was the most enjoyable tournament I have ever played.
  • He led the Masters that year as well, but so far this season has missed the cut in both the Masters and US Open.
  • He recorded 17.09 as he broke both the British and European Masters records in this event.
3A person who holds a second or further degree from a university or other academic institution (only in titles and set expressions): a master’s degree a Master of Arts
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  • He is a graduate of UH with master's degrees in Pacific Studies and History.
  • Some had master's and doctorate degrees, and some were Party members.
  • The number of researchers has doubled, and a larger proportion now have master's degrees and doctorates.
3.1 (master's) A postgraduate degree: I had a master’s in computer engineering
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  • Schoeman averaged 92,79 % throughout her years of study, and her master's thesis was described by two overseas academics as of "PhD standard".
  • Chia is currently pursuing a master's in developmental studies in The Netherlands.
  • The two-campus program will give students bachelor's degree training as well as "the required foundation to pursue master's and doctoral studies in nursing," the statement said.
4A man in charge of an organization or group, in particular.
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  • They had to act according to the dictates of the political masters.
  • The council's political masters would rather watch while the city chokes than get serious about exhaust fumes.
  • Success depends on an identity of goals between soldiers and their political masters, and a clear chain of command.
4.1chiefly British A male schoolteacher, especially at a public or prep school.
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  • The master of the public school said he was unable to make any further comment.
  • When he protested his innocence, his schoolmates sided with the master.
  • Look at him, walking around like he's the day master at a boarding school.
4.2The head of a college or school.
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  • The rogue gave the master of the college as referee, but in view of his story, the bank opened the account and collected the cheque without making enquiries.
  • First there was a general interview at which the candidates were grilled by the master, dean, senior tutor, and fellows of the subject.
  • He held the regius chair of Greek at Oxford for nearly 40 years and was master of Balliol College for more than 20 years.
4.3The captain of a merchant ship.
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  • During the trip, Jones unexpectedly became the ship's master when its captain and first mate died suddenly.
  • The master of the ship was in command at the time of the incident.
  • A mariner emerges from the hatchway and climbs the rigging, while below the boatswain and ship's master are thrown about on deck.
Synonyms
captain, commander
informal skipper
5Used as a title prefixed to the name of a boy not old enough to be called “Mr.”: Master James Williams
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  • Young Master John, please to understand it is not wise to disrespect and interrupt your elders if you wish to benefit from their knowledge and wisdom.
  • Bronte depicts young Master John Reed as virtually a paradigm of the Victorian bad boy, wallowing in gluttony, sadism, and a host of other deadly sins.
  • But I'd look between the benches at young master Charles on the playing field and think, that's where I should be.
5.1 archaic A title for a man of high rank or learning.
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  • The same year there came into England Master John, a Scot by nation, a man of an apprehensive mind and of singular eloquence.
Synonyms
guru, teacher, leader, guide, mentor; rabbi, swami, Maharishi
5.2The title of the heir apparent of a Scottish viscount or baron.
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  • By tradition the heir apparent or indeed the heir presumptive to a Scottish peerage title is traditionally known as 'The Master of', or if the heir happened to be female as the 'The Mistress of'.
  • In Scotland many eldest sons are entitled to the designation of Master.
6An original movie, recording, or document from which copies can be made: [as modifier]: the master tape
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  • The quality is also poor because the transfer was taken from a tape master rather than the original 35 mm print.
  • The transfers are as good as they can be, given the state of the video master tapes these were culled from.
  • The soundtrack master seems to have been in good shape, as there is little trace of any kind of background distortions or hiss.

adjective

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1Having or showing very great skill or proficiency: a master painter
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  • When she had reached the third grade at school, her teacher, a master painter, noticed her remarkable drawing skill.
  • A well thatched roof into which has gone the skill of a master craftsman can last for 50 years or even more depending on the pitch of the roof and where in the country it is.
  • Many bone items would be very cheap to make, since they utilised a material that would otherwise be thrown away and did not need the skills of a master craftsman.
1.1Denoting a person skilled in a particular trade and able to teach others: a master bricklayer
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  • I can't think of a finer person to have taught me the sport-he was a master technician who had a real knack for dealing with kids.
  • You don't need to be a master carpenter, but some basic skills and basic tools are necessary.
  • Our country has the pride of having master craftsmen who carve out exquisite products with their deft hands.
Synonyms
2Main; principal: the master bedroom
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  • I went to the main hall through my master bedroom, where I then picked up a light jacket that was mostly light blue in color.
  • There are doors to the main bathroom in the master bedroom and the lounge.
  • Plasma screen televisions are provided in the main reception room, the master bedroom and in the en-suite bathroom.
Synonyms
principal, main, chief; biggest

verb

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1Acquire complete knowledge or skill in (an accomplishment, technique, or art): I never mastered Latin
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  • Treatment strategies for asthma include daily self-management that relies on acquiring and mastering specific knowledge and skills.
  • It was a time when creating a role meant believing in the art rather than simply mastering the technique.
  • His technique of completely mastering a topic before drawing it allowed for this high level of demonstrative skill.
Synonyms
learn, become proficient in, know inside out, know (frontward and) backwards; pick up, grasp, understand
informal get the hang of
2Gain control of; overcome: I managed to master my fears
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  • Personality explores what it is that makes us who we are and uncovers the universal battle to master our emotions and control our behaviour.
  • I'm not sure if you'll find an easy answer: mastering control of your dreams enough to wake up at will may be a skill that takes a while to learn.
  • Humans then have a God given right to control and master nature.
Synonyms
overcome, conquer, beat, quell, quash, suppress, control, overpower, triumph over, subdue, vanquish, subjugate, prevail over, govern, curb, check, bridle, tame, defeat, get the better of, get a grip on, get over
informal lick
3Make a master copy of (a movie or record).
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  • Georgie also called on Robyn to master the recording.
  • I wish someone would properly master this recording so that I can truly judge the overall quality.
  • The sound is also strong, with most of the films mastered in either Dolby 5.1 surround or stereo.

Origin

Old English mæg(i)ster (later reinforced by Old French maistre), from Latin magister; probably related to magis 'more' (i.e., 'more important').

Derivatives

masterdom

noun
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  • Now all you need to do is rinse and repeat, and before long DIY masterdom will be yours.
  • These blessings emphasize two things: boundless reproduction and man's masterdom over other living creatures.

masterhood

Pronunciation: /-ˌho͝od/
noun
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  • As for how many minorities are represented in corporate masterhood, why should that be a measure of anything?
  • Masterhood, the result of the engaging in the practices that Masters teach, is the birthright of all.
  • Each one of these Shaikhs received the Masterhood from his predecessor.

masterless

adjective
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  • In addition, there are photographs of the relics of the masterless samurai and the ruins of their castle in Akô.
  • The loose garments (especially the mantle) and the long hair (called ‘glibbes’) were traditional aids to thieves and masterless men.
  • Growing concern at the number of masterless men, increasing vagabondage, and escalating crime underlay the outline of terms and conditions of service between masters and servants, in an effort to reduce notorious discord.

mastership

noun
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  • Yet some workers still managed to rise out of the ranks of apprentices and journeymen and acquire masterships themselves.
  • Much was made of such inequities when guilds had become a thing of the past; but mastership was not an automatic passport to commercial success, and in most guilds access to it does not appear to have been seriously restricted.
  • In my personal view he has an extraordinary talent - a combination of artistic expression and technical mastership.

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There are 2 definitions of master in English:

master2

Syllabification: mas·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈmastər
 
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noun

[in combination]
A ship or boat with a specified number of masts: a three-master
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  • Technically speaking, a three master is a full-rigged ship.
  • Here, Bruegel depicted a four-master and two three-masters anchored near a fortified island capped by a lighthouse.

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