(Mas"ter*sing`er) n. [A translation of G. meistersänger.] One of a class of poets which flourished in Nuremberg and some other cities of Germany in the 15th and 16th centuries. They bound themselves to observe certain arbitrary laws of rhythm.

(Mas"ter*wort`) n. (Bot.) (a) A tall and coarse European umbelliferous plant (Peucedanum Ostruthium, formerly Imperatoria). (b) The Astrantia major, a European umbelliferous plant with a showy colored involucre. (c) Improperly, the cow parsnip

(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; preëminence.

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.

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.

The learning and mastery of a tongue, being unpleasant in itself, should not be cumbered with other difficulties.

(Mast"ful) a. [See lst Mast.] Abounding in mast; producing mast in abundance; as, the mastful forest; a mastful chestnut. Dryden.

(Mast"head`) n. (Naut.) The top or head of a mast; the part of a mast above the hounds.

(Mast"head"), v. t. (Naut.) To cause to go to the masthead as a punishment. Marryat.

(Mast"house`) n. A building in which vessels' masts are shaped, fitted, etc.

(Mas"tic) n. [F., fr. L. mastiche, mastichum, Gr. fr. to chew, because of its being used in the East for chewing.] [Written also mastich.]

1. (Bot.) A low shrubby tree of the genus Pistacia growing upon the islands and coasts of the Mediterranean, and producing a valuable resin; — called also, mastic tree.

2. A resin exuding from the mastic tree, and obtained by incision. The best is in yellowish white, semitransparent tears, of a faint smell, and is used as an astringent and an aromatic, also as an ingredient in varnishes.

3. A kind of cement composed of burnt clay, litharge, and linseed oil, used for plastering walls, etc.

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