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A Dominant (Dom) is a sexual participant who takes on the role of the superior and often controls the other participant (sub). This type of partnership is often referred to in the BDSM community as a D/s partnership.
A female Dominant is commonly referred to as a Domme or Mistress. A male Dominant is commonly referred to as a Dom or Master.
Being a good Dominant involves much more than being able to control and give orders to others. A good Dominant will also be able to practice self-control and respect their submissive. Dominants should also be responsible enough to decrease the intensity of or stop a scene altogether when a safe word is spoken.