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moth·er 1

 (mŭth′ər)
n.
1.
a. A woman who gives birth to a child.
b. A woman whose egg unites with a sperm, producing an embryo.
c. A woman who adopts a child.
d. A woman who raises a child.
2. A female parent of an animal.
3. A female ancestor.
4. A woman who holds a position of authority or responsibility similar to that of a mother: a den mother.
5. Roman Catholic Church
a. A mother superior.
b. Used as a form of address for such a woman.
6. A woman who creates, originates, or founds something: "the discovery of radium, which made Marie Curie mother to the Atomic Age" (Alden Whitman).
7. A creative source; an origin: Philosophy is the mother of the sciences.
8. Used as a title for a woman respected for her wisdom and age.
9. Maternal love and tenderness: brought out the mother in her.
10. The biggest or most significant example of its kind: the mother of all battles.
11. Vulgar Slang Something considered extraordinary, as in disagreeableness, size, or intensity.
adj.
1. Relating to or being a mother.
2. Characteristic of a mother: mother love.
3. Being the source or origin: the mother church.
4. Derived from or as if from one's mother; native: one's mother language.
v. moth·ered, moth·er·ing, moth·ers
v.tr.
1.
a. To give birth to: mothered three children.
b. To be the source of; create or produce: "Necessity mothered the invention of printing" (Irving Wallace).
2. To act as mother to, as in nourishing and protecting.
v.intr.
To act or serve as a mother.

[Middle English moder, mother, from Old English mōdor; see māter- in Indo-European roots. N., sense 10, translation of Iraqi Arabic 'umm. N., sense 11, short for motherfucker.]

moth·er 2

 (mŭth′ər)
n.
A stringy slime composed of yeast cells and bacteria that forms on the surface of fermenting liquids and is added to wine or cider to start the production of vinegar.

[Probably alteration (influenced by mother) of obsolete Dutch moeder, from Middle Dutch, probably from moeder, mother of children; see māter- in Indo-European roots.]

mother

(ˈmʌðə)
n
1. (Biology)
a. a female who has given birth to offspring
b. (as modifier): a mother bird.
2. (often capital, esp as a term of address) a person's own mother
3. a female substituting in the function of a mother
4. (often capital) chiefly archaic a term of address for an old woman
5.
a. motherly qualities, such as maternal affection: it appealed to the mother in her.
b. (as modifier): mother love.
c. (in combination): mothercraft.
6.
a. a female or thing that creates, nurtures, protects, etc, something
b. (as modifier): mother church; mother earth.
7. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a title given to certain members of female religious orders: mother superior.
8. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christian Science God as the eternal Principle
9. (modifier) native or innate: mother wit.
10. taboo slang chiefly US short for motherfucker
11. be mother to pour the tea: I'll be mother.
12. the mother of all … informal the greatest example of its kind: the mother of all parties.
vb (tr)
13. (Biology) to give birth to or produce
14. to nurture, protect, etc as a mother
[Old English mōdor; compare Old Saxon mōdar, Old High German muotar, Latin māter, Greek mētēr]
ˈmothering n

mother

(ˈmʌðə)
n
(Brewing) a stringy slime containing various bacteria that forms on the surface of liquids undergoing acetous fermentation. It can be added to wine, cider, etc to promote vinegar formation. Also called: mother of vinegar
[C16: perhaps from mother1, but compare Spanish madre scum, Dutch modder dregs, Middle Low German modder decaying object, mudde sludge]
ˈmothery adj

moth•er1

(ˈmʌð ər)

n.
1. a female who has borne offspring; female parent.
2. (often cap.) one's own mother.
3. a mother-in-law, stepmother, adoptive mother, or foster mother.
4. a woman looked upon as a mother, or exercising authority like that of a mother.
5. a term of familiar address for an elderly woman.
6. the qualities characteristic of a mother, as maternal affection.
7. something that gives rise to or exercises protective care over something else.
adj.
9. being a mother: a mother bird.
10. pertaining to or characteristic of a mother: mother love.
11. derived from or as if from one's mother; native: his mother culture.
12. bearing a relation like that of a mother, as in being the origin, source, or protector: a mother church.
v.t.
13. to be the mother of.
14. to give origin or rise to.
15. to care for or protect like a mother.
[before 900; Middle English mother, moder, Old English mōdor; c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon mōdar, Old High German muotar, Latin māter, Greek mḗtēr, Skt mātar-]
moth′er•less, adj.

moth•er2

(ˈmʌð ər)

n.
a stringy, viscid film of yeast cells and various bacteria that forms on a fermenting liquid and is used to ferment other liquids, as in changing cider to vinegar.
[1530–40; perhaps identical with mother1, but compare Dutch modder dregs, Middle Low German moder swampy land]

moth•er3

(ˈmʌð ər)

n. Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
2. a person or thing that is very large, powerful, or impressive.
[1930–35]

Mother


a system of social order wherein final authority is vested in the mother or eldest female and in which descent is reckoned in the female line. — matriarchal, adj.
tending to move toward or centering upon the mother.
1. the killing of one’s mother.
2. one who has killed his mother. — matricidal, adj.
tracing of descent through the mother’s side of a family. — matrilinear, adj.
an excessive attachment and devotion of children to their mothers, resulting in a child’s dependence and failure to achieve emotional emancipation.

mother


Past participle: mothered
Gerund: mothering

Imperative
mother
mother
Present
I mother
you mother
he/she/it mothers
we mother
you mother
they mother
Preterite
I mothered
you mothered
he/she/it mothered
we mothered
you mothered
they mothered
Present Continuous
I am mothering
you are mothering
he/she/it is mothering
we are mothering
you are mothering
they are mothering
Present Perfect
I have mothered
you have mothered
he/she/it has mothered
we have mothered
you have mothered
they have mothered
Past Continuous
I was mothering
you were mothering
he/she/it was mothering
we were mothering
you were mothering
they were mothering
Past Perfect
I had mothered
you had mothered
he/she/it had mothered
we had mothered
you had mothered
they had mothered
Future
I will mother
you will mother
he/she/it will mother
we will mother
you will mother
they will mother
Future Perfect
I will have mothered
you will have mothered
he/she/it will have mothered
we will have mothered
you will have mothered
they will have mothered
Future Continuous
I will be mothering
you will be mothering
he/she/it will be mothering
we will be mothering
you will be mothering
they will be mothering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mothering
you have been mothering
he/she/it has been mothering
we have been mothering
you have been mothering
they have been mothering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mothering
you will have been mothering
he/she/it will have been mothering
we will have been mothering
you will have been mothering
they will have been mothering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mothering
you had been mothering
he/she/it had been mothering
we had been mothering
you had been mothering
they had been mothering
Conditional
I would mother
you would mother
he/she/it would mother
we would mother
you would mother
they would mother
Past Conditional
I would have mothered
you would have mothered
he/she/it would have mothered
we would have mothered
you would have mothered
they would have mothered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mother - a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother)mother - a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother); "the mother of three children"
ma, mama, mamma, mom, momma, mommy, mummy, mum, mammy - informal terms for a mother
mater - an informal use of the Latin word for mother; sometimes used by British schoolboys or used facetiously
mother-in-law - the mother of your spouse
parent - a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian
para I, primipara - (obstetrics) woman who has been delivered of a child for the first time
puerpera - a woman in childbirth or shortly thereafter
quadripara - (obstetrics) woman who has given birth to a viable infant in each of four pregnancies
quintipara - (obstetrics) woman who has given birth to a viable infant in each of five pregnancies
supermom - an informal term for a mother who can combine childcare and full-time employment
surrogate mother - a woman who bears a child for a couple where the wife is unable to do so; "a surrogate mother is artificially inseminated with the father's semen and carries the fetus to term"
begetter, father, male parent - a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father); "his father was born in Atlanta"
2.mother - a stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar
barm, yeast - a commercial leavening agent containing yeast cells; used to raise the dough in making bread and for fermenting beer or whiskey
3.mother - a term of address for an elderly woman
old woman - a woman who is old
4.mother - a term of address for a mother superior
abbess, mother superior, prioress - the superior of a group of nuns
5.mother - a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation; "necessity is the mother of invention"
inspiration - arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
Verb1.mother - care for like a mother; "She fusses over her husband"
give care, care - provide care for; "The nurse was caring for the wounded"
2.mother - make childrenmother - make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"
create, make - make or cause to be or to become; "make a mess in one's office"; "create a furor"

mother

noun
1. female parent, mum (Brit. informal), ma (informal), mater, dam, old woman (informal), mom (U.S. informal), mummy (Brit. informal), old lady (informal), foster mother, birth mother, biological mother Mother and child form a close attachment.
2. wellspring, source, origin, inspiration, stimulus, fountain, genesis, fount Necessity is the mother of invention.
verb
1. give birth to, produce, bear, bring forth, drop She had dreamed of mothering a large family.
2. nurture, raise, protect, tend, nurse, rear, care for, cherish She felt a great need to mother him.
adjective
1. native, natural, innate, inborn, connate He looks to Turkey as his mother country.
Related words
adjective maternal
Quotations
"So for the mother's sake the child was dear"
"And dearer was the mother for the child" [Samuel Taylor Coleridge `Sonnet to a Friend Who Asked How I Felt When the Nurse First Presented My Infant Child to Me']
"Honour thy mother and thy father" Bible:Exodus
"As is the mother, so is her daughter" Bible: Ezekiel
"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That is his" [Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest]

mother

noun
Translations
mamoeder
أمأُماُمٌّتَعْتَني عِنايَة الأمرَئيسة دَيْر، الأم الرِّئيسَه
майка
mare
matkamatka představenámateřskýmateřsky pečovat
mor=-morabbedissemoder
patrino
ema
مادر
äiti
אֵם
majkamati
anyaanyáskodikfejedelemasszony
bundaibu
abbadís, forstöîukonaannast sem móîirmammamóðirmóîir
お母さんママ
어머니엄마
matermaximus
motinamotiniškai prižiūrėtimotiniškumasnašlaitisperlamutras
māterūpēties kā mātei
അമ്മ
mamă
matkamatka predstavenámatersky sa starať
mati
majkamatmatermatirođenica
mormoder
mamamzazi
แม่มารดา
anneannelik yapmak/etmekbaş rahibeana
мати
mẹnuôinuôi nấngchăm sóc

mother

[ˈmʌðəʳ]
A. Nmadre f
to be like a mother to sbser como una madre para algn
B. VT (= care for) → cuidar como una madre; (= spoil) → mimar, consentir; (= give birth to) → parir, dar a luz
C. CPD mother country Npatria f; (more sentimentally) → madre patria f
Mother Earth Nla madre tierra
mother figure Nfigura f materna, figura f de la madre
Mother Goose Nla Oca
mother hen Ngallina f madre
mother love Namor m maternal
Mother Nature Nla madre f Naturaleza
Mother's Day NDía m de la Madre
mother's help Nniñera f
mother ship Nbuque m nodriza
Mother Superior Nmadre f superiora
mother tongue Nlengua f materna

mother

[ˈmʌðər]
n
[child, animal] → mère f
my mother → ma mère
(= form of address) → maman
Hello, Mother → Bonjour, maman.
vt
(= look after) → s'occuper de
to be mothered (= looked after by a mother) → être pris(e) en charge par sa mère
(= pamper) → dorlotermother board ncarte-mère fmother country Mother Country nmère patrie f

mother

n
Mutter f; (= animal)Muttertier nt, → Mutter f; (= address to elderly lady)Mütterchen; Mother of GodMuttergottes f, → Mutter fGottes; a mother’s loveMutterliebe f; she’s a mother of threesie hat drei Kinder; she’s her mother’s daughtersie ist wie ihre Mutter; I had the mother and father of a headache (inf)ich hatte vielleicht Kopfschmerzen!; the mother of all battles/confrontations/traffic jamsdie Mutter aller Kriege/Auseinandersetzungen/Staus; shall I be mother? (inf) (= pour tea)soll ich eingießen?; (= serve food)soll ich austeilen?
(US sl) → Arschloch nt (vulg), → Saftsack m (inf); a real mother of a dayein Scheißtag m (inf)
attrMutter-; mother plantMutterpflanze f; mother birdVogelmutter f; mother henGlucke f
vt (= care for) youngauf- or großziehen; (= give birth to)zur Welt bringen; (= cosset)bemuttern

mother

:
motherboard
n (Comput) → Mutterplatine f, → Hauptplatine f
mother country
n (= native country)Vaterland nt, → Heimat f; (= head of empire)Mutterland nt
mothercraft
nKinderpflege f
mother earth
nMutter fErde
mother figure
nMutterfigur f
motherfucker
n (US vulg) → Arschloch nt (vulg), → Arschficker m (vulg)
motherfucking
adj (US vulg) → Scheiß- (sl)
motherhood
nMutterschaft f

mother

:
mother-in-law
n pl <mothers-in-law> → Schwiegermutter f
motherland
n (= native country)Vaterland nt, → Heimat f; (= ancestral country)Land ntder Väter or Vorfahren
motherless
adjmutterlos; he was left mother at the age of 2er verlor mit 2 Jahren seine Mutter
mother lode
n (Min) → Hauptader f
mother love
nMutterliebe f

mother

:
mother ship
nMutterschiff nt
mother superior
nMutter Oberin f
mother tie
n (Psych) → Mutterbindung f
mother-to-be
n pl <mothers-to-be> → werdende Mutter
mother tongue
mother wit
nMutterwitz m

mother

[ˈmʌðəʳ]
1. nmadre f
2. vt (care for) → fare da madre a; (spoil) → essere troppo chioccia con

mother

(ˈmaðə) noun
1. a female parent, especially human. John's mother lives in Manchester; (also adjective) The mother bird feeds her young.
2. (often with capital. also Mother Superior) the female leader of a group of nuns.
verb
to care for as a mother does; to protect (sometimes too much). His wife tries to mother him.
ˈmotherhood noun
the state of being a mother.
ˈmotherless adjective
having no mother. The children were left motherless by the accident.
ˈmotherly adjective
like a mother; of, or suitable to, a mother. a motherly woman; motherly love.
ˈmotherliness noun
ˈmother-country, ˈmotherland (-land) nouns
the country where one was born.
ˈmother-in-lawplural ˈmothers-in-law noun
the mother of one's husband or wife.
ˌmother-of-ˈpearl noun, adjective
(of) the shining, hard, smooth substance on the inside of certain shells.
ˈmother-tongue noun
a person's native language. My mother-tongue is Hindi.

mother

اُمٌّ matka mor Mutter μητέρα madre äiti mère majka madre 어머니 moeder mor matka mãe мать mor แม่ anne mẹ 母亲

moth·er

n. madre, mamá.

mother

n madre f; surrogate — madre sustituta or portadora
References in classic literature ?
We've got Father and Mother, and each other," said Beth contentedly from her corner.
The death of her father and mother and the rich acres of land that had come down to her had set a train of suitors on her heels.
Her mother, with a morbid purpose that may be better understood hereafter, had bought the richest tissues that could be procured, and allowed her imaginative faculty its full play in the arrangement and decoration of the dresses which the child wore before the public eye.
Miss Trotwood, or Miss Betsey, as my poor mother always called her, when she sufficiently overcame her dread of this formidable personage to mention her at all (which was seldom), had been married to a husband younger than herself, who was very handsome, except in the sense of the homely adage,'handsome is, that handsome does' - for he was strongly suspected of having beaten Miss Betsey, and even of having once, on a disputed question of supplies, made some hasty but determined arrangements to throw her out of a two pair of stairs' window.
I stabbed Chaka for the sake of my sister, Baleka, the mother of Umslopogaas, and because he had murdered my wives and children.
I LOST no time, of course, in telling my mother all that I knew, and perhaps should have told her long before, and we saw ourselves at once in a difficult and dangerous position.
But if you wish to see the Flower Queen's daughter go up the second mountain: the Dragon's old mother lives there, and she has a ball every night, to which the Flower Queen's daughter goes regularly.
The first was my mother, years ago before they killed her; the other was Sarkoja, when they dragged her from me today.
All these proofs of an energetic resolution, which Albert did not fear on his own account, alarmed him for his mother.
No one ever gave me a thought, for my father was always occupied with business affairs, and my mother with her housekeeping.
Nay, Mother, nay," he said, earnestly, "thee mustna think o' speaking o' such things to Adam.
Forthwith, however, as soon as the order was given, there was an intense red glow out of the bowl of the pipe, and a whiff of smoke came from Mother Rigby's lips.