Mastery Mas"ter*y, n.; pl. {Masteries}. [OF. maistrie.] [1913 Webster] 1. The position or authority of a master; dominion; command; supremacy; superiority. [1913 Webster]

If divided by mountains, they will fight for the mastery of the passages of the tops. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

2. Superiority in war or competition; victory; triumph; pre["e]minence. [1913 Webster]

The voice of them that shout for mastery. --Ex. xxxii. 18. [1913 Webster]

Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. --1 Cor. ix. 25. [1913 Webster]

O, but to have gulled him Had been a mastery. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

3. Contest for superiority. [Obs.] --Holland. [1913 Webster]

4. A masterly operation; a feat. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

I will do a maistrie ere I go. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

5. Specifically, the philosopher's stone. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

6. The act process of mastering; the state of having mastered. [1913 Webster]

He could attain to a mastery in all languages. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

The learning and mastery of a tongue, being unpleasant in itself, should not be cumbered with other difficulties. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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