We’ve all been exposed to the films, books, and for some possibly the first-hand experience, in which a slave refers to their owner as “Master”. How did that terminology, in that context, ever come about? If looking at definitions in various dictionaries online, it seems to make a great deal of difference whether we’re using the word as a noun, adjective or verb.
As a noun, “Master” seems to most commonly mean someone, or something, in charge. Again there is the illustration of a slave owner, or the head of a household. Or it could mean a part, or aspect, of a mechanical or electrical system which is somehow central, upon which the functioning of the other parts or aspects of the system depend. Such as a “master” switch.
In these usages, as a noun, it seems there is consistently the principle of dependence involved. The Master is something or…
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