Mas"ter*y (?), n.; 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.

 

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