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Webster 1913 Edition


Mastery

Mas′ter-y

,
Noun.
;
pl.
Masteries
(#)
.
[OF.
maistrie
.]
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.]
Holland.
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Mastery

M`ASTERY

,
Noun.
Dominion; power of governing or commanding.
If divided by mountains, they will fight for the mastery of the passages of the tops--
1.
Superiority in competition; preeminence.
Every man that striveth for the mystery, is temperate in all things. 1 Cor.9.
2.
Victory in war.
It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery. Ex.32.
3.
Eminent skill; superior dexterity.
He could attain to a mastery in all languages.
4.
Attainment of eminent skill or power.
The learning and mastery of a tongue being unpleasant in itself, should not be cumbered with other difficulties.

Definition 2022


mastery

mastery

English

Noun

mastery (usually uncountable, plural masteries)

  1. The position or authority of a master; dominion; command; supremacy; superiority.
    • Sir Walter Raleigh (ca.1554-1618)
      If divided by mountains, they will fight for the mastery of the passages of the tops.
    • 1892, James Yoxall, chapter 5, in The Lonely Pyramid:
      The desert storm was riding in its strength; the travellers lay beneath the mastery of the fell simoom. Whirling wreaths and columns of burning wind, rushed around and over them.
  2. Superiority in war or competition; victory; triumph; preeminence.
    • Exodus, xxxii. 18
      The voice of them that shout for mastery.
    • 1 Corinthians, ix. 25.
      Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.
    • Ben Jonson (1572-1637)
      O, but to have gulled him / Had been a mastery.
  3. (obsolete) Contest for superiority.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holland to this entry?)
  4. (obsolete) A masterly operation; a feat.
  5. (obsolete) The philosopher's stone.
  6. The act or process of mastering; the state of having mastered; expertise.
    • John Tillotson (1630-1694)
      He could attain to a mastery in all languages.
    • John Locke (1632-1705)
      The learning and mastery of a tongue, being unpleasant in itself, should not be cumbered with other difficulties.

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