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master | star |

As nouns the difference between master and star

is that master is (l) (original version of a document or of a recording) while star is star.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) maister, mayster, meister, from (etyl) ). Reinforced by (etyl) maistre, mestre from the same Latin source.

Alternative forms

* (l) (dialectal), (l) (dialectal) * mastre (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • Someone who has control over something or someone.
  • * Addison
  • master of a hundred thousand drachms
  • * Jowett (Thucyd.)
  • We are masters of the sea.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on an afternoon when Mr. Cooke was trying a trotter on the track.
  • The owner of an animal or slave.
  • (nautical) The captain of a merchant ship; a master mariner.
  • Someone who employs others.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or otherwise his man would be there with a message to say that his master would shortly join me if I would kindly wait.}}
  • An expert at something.
  • * Macaulay
  • great masters of ridicule
  • * John Locke
  • No care is taken to improve young men in their own language, that they may thoroughly understand and be masters of it.
  • A tradesman who is qualified to teach apprentices.
  • (dated) A schoolmaster.
  • A skilled artist.
  • (dated) A man or a boy; mister. See Master.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • Where there are little masters and misses in a house, they are impediments to the diversions of the servants.
  • A master's degree; a type of postgraduate degree, usually undertaken after a bachelor degree.
  • A person holding such a degree.
  • The original of a document or of a recording.
  • (film) The primary wide shot of a scene, into which the closeups will be edited later.
  • (legal) A parajudicial officer (such as a referee, an auditor, an examiner, or an assessor) specially appointed to help a court with its proceedings.
  • (engineering) A device that is controlling other devices or is an authoritative source (e.g. master database).
  • A person holding an office of authority among the Freemasons, especially the presiding officer; also, a person holding a similar office in other civic societies.
  • Synonyms
    * (sense, master's degree) masters, master's * (sense, master's degree) magistrate (Quebec English) * (film) establishing shot, long shot * (ship) skipper, captain * See also
    Derived terms
    (master) * ballet master * barmaster * beemaster * bergmaster * boroughmaster * brewmaster * burghomaster * burgomaster * bushmaster * chess master * cockmaster * concertmaster * craftsmaster * dockmaster * drill master/drillmaster * games master/games-master * Grand Master/grandmaster * harbor master/harbor-master/harbormaster * headmaster * house master/housemaster * ironmaster * * jumpmaster * loadmaster * lockmaster * master bedroom * master bricklayer * master builder * master card * master cast * master class * master copy * master cylinder * master file * master gland * master key * master mariner * master mason * Master of Arts * master of ceremonies * Master of Science * master plan/master-plan/masterplan * master race * master sergeant * master status * master tradesman * master trust * master-at-arms * masterdom * masterful * masterhood * masterless * masterly * mastermind * masterous * masterpiece * Masters * mastership * mastersinger * masterstroke * masterwork * mastery * metal master * mint-master * old master * past master * paymaster * postmaster * property master * puppet master/puppet-master/puppetmaster * quartermaster * question master/question-master/questionmaster * quizmaster * rattlesnake master * ringmaster * roaming master * saymaster * schoolmaster * scoutmaster * sheepmaster * shipmaster * spymaster * stationmaster * taskmaster * toastmaster * trackmaster * trainmaster * undermaster * watermaster * webmaster * weighmaster * whoremaster * workmaster * wreck master/wreck-master/wreckmaster * yardmaster
    See also
    * (l) * (l)


  • Masterful.
  • Main, principal or predominant.
  • Highly skilled.
  • Original.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To become the master of; to subject to one's will, control, or authority; to conquer; to overpower; to subdue.
  • * (and other bibliographic details) (John Locke)
  • Obstinacy and willful neglects must be mastered , even though it cost blows.
  • * 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
  • Then Elzevir cried out angrily, 'Silence. Are you mad, or has the liquor mastered you? Are you Revenue-men that you dare shout and roister? or contrabandiers with the lugger in the offing, and your life in your hand. You make noise enough to wake folk in Moonfleet from their beds.'
  • To learn to a high degree of proficiency.
  • It took her years to master the art of needlecraft.
  • (obsolete) To own; to posses.
  • * (and other bibliographic details) (Shakespeare)
  • the wealth that the world masters
  • To make a master copy of.
  • To earn a Master's degree.
  • He mastered in English at the state college.
    Derived terms
    (Terms derived from the noun "master") * bemaster * masterable * overmaster * remaster

    Etymology 2


    (en noun)
  • (nautical, in combination) A vessel having a specified number of masts.
  • a two-master




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    (en noun)
  • Any small luminous dot appearing in the cloudless portion of the night sky, especially with a fixed location relative to other such dots.
  • (star) A luminous celestial body, made up of plasma (particularly hydrogen and helium) and having a spherical shape. Depending on context the sun may or may not be included.
  • (geometry) A concave polygon with regular, pointy protrusions and indentations, generally with five or six points.
  • (acting) An actor in a leading role.
  • An exceptionally talented or famous person, often in a specific field; a celebrity.
  • *
  • Star reporter, leg-man, cub, veteran gray in the trade—one and all they tried to pin the Bat like a caught butterfly to the front page of their respective journals—soon or late each gave up, beaten. He was news——the brief, staccato recital of his career in the morgues of the great dailies grew longer and more incredible each day.
  • (printing) An asterisk ().
  • A symbol used to rate hotels, films, etc. with a higher number of stars denoting better quality.
  • A simple dance, or part of a dance, where a group of four dancers each put their right or left hand in the middle and turn around in a circle. You call them right-hand stars or left-hand stars, depending on the hand which is in the middle.
  • (astrology) A planet supposed to influence one's destiny.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • O malignant and ill-brooding stars .
  • * (Joseph Addison)
  • Blesses his stars , and thinks it luxury.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud,
  • A star-shaped ornament worn on the breast to indicate rank or honour.
  • *
  • On whom / Lavish Honour showered all her stars .
  • A composition of combustible matter used in the heading of rockets, in mines, etc., which, exploding in the air, presents a starlike appearance.
  • Synonyms

    * (astronomy) (abbreviation)

    Derived terms

    * binary star * dwarf star * double star * faxed star * fixed star * giant star * neutron star * quark star * see stars * shooting star * starcraft * star-crossed * stardom * starfish (seastar) * starhood * starlet * starlore * starly * starman * starquake * starry * starry-eyed * starscape * star shell * stars in one's eyes * star system * star trail * superstar




    * German: (l)


  • To appear as a featured performer or headliner, especially in an entertainment program.
  • To mark with a star or asterisk.
  • To set or adorn with stars, or bright, radiating bodies; to bespangle.
  • * Young
  • A sable curtain starred with gold.

    See also

    * astronomy * black hole * galaxy * moon * mullet * planet * red giant


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