• WordNet 3.6
    • n mastery the act of mastering or subordinating someone
    • n mastery great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity "a good command of French"
    • n mastery power to dominate or defeat "mastery of the seas"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mastery A masterly operation; a feat. "I will do a maistrie ere I go."
    • Mastery Contest for superiority.
    • Mastery Superiority in war or competition; victory; triumph; preëminence. "The voice of them that shout for mastery .""Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.""O, but to have gulled him
      Had been a mastery ."
    • Mastery The act process of mastering; the state of having mastered. "He could attain to a mastery in all languages.""The learning and mastery of a tongue, being unpleasant in itself, should not be cumbered with other difficulties."
    • Mastery the philosopher's stone.
    • Mastery 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mastery The state of being a master; power of command or control; rule; dominion; sway.
    • n mastery Ascendancy in war or in competition; the upper hand; superiority; preëminence.
    • n mastery Expert knowledge or skill; power of using or exercising; dexterity: as, the mastery of an art or science.
    • n mastery Masterly attainment; the gaining of mastership.
    • n mastery A contest for superiority.
    • n mastery A masterly operation or act; a triumph of skill.
    • n mastery The finding of the magisterium or philosopher's stone; also, the stone itself.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Mastery the power or authority of a master: dominion: victory: superiority: the attainment of superior power or skill
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  • John Haggai
    John Haggai
    “Gather in your resources, rally all your faculties, marshal all your energies, focus all your capacities upon mastery of at least one field of endeavor.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Mastery passes often for egotism.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.”
  • Michelangelo
    “If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.”
  • Reinhold Niebuhr
    “The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate substitute for self mastery.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. maistrie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. maistre (Fr. maître)—L. magister, from root of magnus, great.


In literature:

She feared that now, as then, she might lose her self-mastery and do some wild and desperate thing.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The fresh sense of space revived her, and helped her to recover her self-mastery.
"Romola" by George Eliot
This mastery over ourselves and over nature is the mark of virtue and manliness always and everywhere.
"Practical Ethics" by William DeWitt Hyde
What did I accomplish by my mastery of mind?
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
Whatever an' all about that, I'll have nobody's help in the world t' win the mastery o' Dickie Blue.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
The habit of absolute control over slaves bred the habit of mastery whenever it could be successfully asserted.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
Octavius soon ousted Lepidus and then turned to settle the issue of mastery with Antony.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
Astonishment, rage, and fear struggled within for the mastery.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
In return for his mastery of the languages, the dictionaries are fond of quoting Macaulay.
"Historical Essays" by James Ford Rhodes
Even the junction of the English and Dutch fleets failed to assure them the mastery of the seas.
"History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)" by John Richard Green

In poetry:

Knightly Rider of the Knee
Of Proud-prancing Unclery!
Gaily mount, and wave the sign
Of that mastery of thine.
"The Rider Of The Knee" by James Whitcomb Riley
Right and Wrong forever striving
For the mastery of the soul;
Upward, downward, ever driving
Toward or from the Heavenly goal.
"Written In An Album (II)" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
And thro' the opening agony
Go on and know not where, beside
The mastery of my guardian guide,
Go on, and know not where or why;
"In War-Time: An Aspiration Of The Spirit" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Man found thee: but Death and dull decay,
Baffling, by aid of thee, his mastery proves;
By mighty works he swells his narrow day,
And reigns, for ages, on the world he loves.
"Ambition" by Maria Gowen Brooks
If I had died where would you be?
You so passionate, yet quick
To escape from passion's mastery,
When clasping and kiss and touch are gone,
And days and space are between us drawn?
"Over The Dregs" by Cale Young Rice
The daisies grew around, and brought
The homage of young spring to praise
This stately relic of old days,
When France with Spain for mastery fought;
And Philip over England sought
To spread the Papal wings.
"The Armada Gun" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

Clarkson continues mastery over SLU, 3-1.
Understated Robert Cray brings guitar mastery to Egg.
G-M continues mastery of King's.
Atlanta stays perfect with more fourth quarter mastery .
Salon Editor Touts Biden's ' Mastery of Facts' and 'Winning Personality'.
Mayberry helps Phillies continue mastery of Reds.
III (MCA II-III) examinations for a second straight year, close to 1000 student scholars from Harvest Prep, Best Academy and the new Mastery School returned to school on August 13, 2012.
RockHounds continue mastery of Missions.
Film The mastery of French filmmaker Philippe Garrel.
Spain's mastery is impressive to watch.
Now with Marlins, Zambrano continues his mastery of Astros.
Capuano continues mastery over Cubs with 5-1 victory.
Pocock fortune began with mastery of blacksmithing.
Middle Tennessee State maintains NIT mastery of Tennessee.
SPRINGFIELD — Business Leadership Mastery 's (BLM) next Entrepreneur Leadership Mastery course will be offered in Springfield on March 21 at the Hilton Gardens.

In science:

The conciseness and clarity of the monograph give an indication of his mastery overy the sub ject.
Monte Carlo: Basics
True mastery of a sub ject requires understanding the details.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
It seems that it takes the brain this (ten thousand hours) long to assimilate all that it needs to know to achieve true mastery.
Music in Terms of Science
Such spectacular experimental mastery is in contrast to the sub ject of the next section.
Quantum Computing
Again the motivation is two-fold, namely to check our mastery over QCD and to apply this knowledge to semileptonic B decays where one wants to extract |V (cb)| and |V (ub)|.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto