mother
I. noun Etymology: Middle English moder, from Old English mōdor; akin to Old High German muoter mother, Latin mater, Greek mētēr, Sanskrit mātṛ Date: before 12th century 1. a. a female parent b. (1) a woman in authority; specifically the superior of a religious community of women (2) an old or elderly woman 2. source, origin <
necessity is the mother of invention
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3. maternal tenderness or affection 4. [short for motherfucker] sometimes vulgar motherfucker 5. something that is an extreme or ultimate example of its kind especially in terms of scale <
the mother of all construction projects
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motherhood nounmotherless adjectivemotherlessness noun II. adjective Date: 13th century 1. a. of, relating to, or being a mother b. bearing the relation of a mother 2. derived from or as if from one's mother 3. acting as or providing parental stock — used without reference to sex III. transitive verb (mothered; mothering) Date: 1548 1. a. to give birth to b. to give rise to ; produce 2. to care for or protect like a mother IV. noun Etymology: archaic mother dregs, lees; akin to Middle Dutch moeder dregs Date: circa 1828 mother of vinegar

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  • Mother — Moth er, a. Received by birth or from ancestors; native, natural; as, mother language; also acting the part, or having the place of a mother; producing others; originating. [1913 Webster] It is the mother falsehood from which all idolatry is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mother — mother1 [muth′ər] n. [ME moder < OE modor, akin to Ger mutter < IE * matér, mother (> L mater, Gr mētēr, OIr māthir) < * ma , echoic of baby talk] 1. a woman who has borne a child; esp., a woman as she is related to her child or… …   English World dictionary

  • Mother — Moth er (m[u^][th] [ e]r), n. [OE. moder, AS. m[=o]dor; akin to D. moeder, OS. m[=o]dar, G. mutter, OHG. muotar, Icel. m[=o][eth]ir, Dan. & Sw. moder, OSlav. mati, Russ. mate, Ir. & Gael. mathair, L. mater, Gr. mh thr, Skr. m[=a]t[.r]; cf. Skr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mother — (englisch für Mutter) bezeichnet: Mother (Computerspiel), eine Computerspielreihe Mother (1996), einen Film von Albert Brooks Mother (2009), einen Film von Bong Joon ho Mother (Lied), ein Lied von John Lennon …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • mother — ► NOUN 1) a female parent. 2) (Mother) (especially as a title or form of address) the head of a female religious community. 3) informal an extreme or very large example of: the mother of all traffic jams. ► VERB ▪ look after kindly and… …   English terms dictionary

  • Mother — Moth er, v. i. To become like, or full of, mother, or thick matter, as vinegar. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mother — moth er (m[u^][th] [ e]r), n. [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.] 1. Same as {motherfucker}. [Vulgar slang] [PJC] 2. A person or thing with some exceptional quality, as great size or power; as, a grizzly stuck his nose in my tent and I… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mother — Moth er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mothered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mothering}.] To adopt as a son or daughter; to perform the duties of a mother to. [1913 Webster] The queen, to have put lady Elizabeth besides the crown, would have mothered another body s …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mother — Moth er, n. [Akin to D. modder mud, G. moder mold, mud, Dan. mudder mud, and to E. mud. See {Mud}.] A film or membrane which is developed on the surface of fermented alcoholic liquids, such as vinegar, wine, etc., and acts as a means of conveying …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mother — index parents Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 mother …   Law dictionary

  • mother — [n] female person who has borne children ancestor, child bearer, creator, forebearer, mom*, mommy*, origin, parent, predecessor, procreator, progenitor, source; concepts 394,400,414,415,423 Ant. father …   New thesaurus

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