Mas·ter·y n.; pl. Masteries
1. The position or authority of a master; dominion; command; supremacy; superiority.
If divided by mountains, they will fight for the mastery of the passages of the tops. --Sir W. Raleigh.
2. Superiority in war or competition; victory; triumph; preeminence.
The voice of them that shout for mastery. --Ex. xxxii. 18.
Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. --1 Cor. ix. 25.
O, but to have gulled him
Had been a mastery. --B. Jonson.
3. Contest for superiority. [Obs.]
4. A masterly operation; a feat. [Obs.]
I will do a maistrie ere I go. --Chaucer.
5. Specifically, the philosopher's stone. [Obs.]
6. The act process of mastering; the state of having mastered.
He could attain to a mastery in all languages. --Tillotson.
The learning and mastery of a tongue, being unpleasant in itself, should not be cumbered with other difficulties. --Locke.
n 1: great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or
activity; "a good command of French" [syn: command, control]
2: power to dominate or defeat; "mastery of the seas" [syn: domination,
3: the act of mastering or subordinating someone [syn: subordination]