mas·ter 1 n
1: an individual or entity (as a corporation) having control or authority over another: as
a: the owner of a slave
b: employer compare servant
c: principal (1a)
2: an officer of the court appointed (as under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 53) to assist a judge in a particular case by hearing and reporting on the case, sometimes by making findings of fact and conclusions of law, and by performing various related functions
◇ Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a master may be a magistrate or else may be a person with some special expertise in the matter. The word master as used in the Federal Rules encompasses a referee, an auditor, an examiner, and an assessor. If the master makes findings of fact, they are reviewable by the court except when the case is not to be tried to the jury and the findings are clearly erroneous, or when the parties have stipulated that the master's findings are to be final.
master 2 adj: being the principal or controlling one: governing a number of subordinate like things
a master insurance policy

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective arch, authoritative, capital, central, chief, commanding, controlling, crowning, dictating, dominant, eminent, foremost, governing, great, head, hegemonic, hegemonical, incomparable, influential, leading, main, most important, outstanding, paramount, predominating, preeminent, prepotent, prevailing, prevalent, primary, prime, ranking, recognized, regnant, reigning, ruling, sovereign, star, stellar, supereminent, supreme, top-flight, well-known associated concepts: agency, master and servant II index apprehend (perceive), comprehend (understand), construe (comprehend), defeat, dominant, dominate, employer, expert, gain, impose (subject), manage, mastermind, moderate (preside over), overcome (surmount), oversee, overthrow, overwhelm, paramount, pass (satisfy requirements), pedagogue, predominate (command), prevail (triumph), principal (director), professional, proprietor, remember, repress, rule (govern), sovereign (absolute), specialist, subdue, subject, subjugate, succeed (attain), superintendent, surmount, understand

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) A person with authority over another; an employer.
(2) The presiding officer in a court of equity, also called a master in chancery or master in equity.
(3) An officer appointed to represent a court in some matter, also called a special master.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

a nearly obsolete term for an employer under a contract of employment in the sense of service rather than for services. The law was treated under the title 'master and servant' but is now usually collected under the title 'employment law', which includes much to do with trade unions. See employment, unfair dismissal.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

1) An outdated term for employer. Sometimes, "master and servant" law is used to refer to the field of employment law.
2) A person appointed by a court to assist with particular issues or proceedings in a case. For example, the master might hear testimony, conduct an investigation, or reach decisions on limited issues in a case. Also referred to as a "special master."
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

A judge in the Royal Courts of Justice who has jurisdiction to hear interim applications, including applications for summary judgment, and to assess damages. A Master also has jurisdiction to try Part 8 claims, but does not have jurisdiction to hear trials allocated to the multi-track or to determine preliminary issues in a multi-track claim, unless the parties have given their consent.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

1 A special official appointed by a court to assist it, typically by making findings or rulings pertaining to matters specified by the court, typically, a "master" in divorce or custody, or a "master" to render an accounting; sometimes referred to as a "special master".
2 Archaic One who has authority over another's person and services.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

An individual who hires employees or servants to perform services and who directs the manner in which such services are performed.
A court officer appointed by a judge to perform such jobs as examining witnesses, taking testimony, computing damages, or taking oaths, affidavits, or acknowledgments of deeds.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

An individual who hires employees or servants to perform services and who directs the manner in which such services are performed.
A court officer appointed by a judge to perform such jobs as examining witnesses, taking testimony, computing damages, or taking oaths, affidavits, or acknowledgments of deeds.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) employer, in the area of law known as "master and servant," which more properly should be called employer and employee.
   2) a person, supposedly with special expertise, appointed by a judge to investigate a problem (such as whether a parent's home is appropriate for child visitation) and report back to the judge his/her findings and recommendations.

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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