noun a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother)
the mother of three children
noun a stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar
noun a term of address for an elderly woman
noun a term of address for a mother superior
noun a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation
necessity is the mother of invention
verb care for like a mother
She fusses over her husband
verb make children
engender; sire; get; father; bring forth; beget; generate.
Abraham begot Isaac
Men often father children but don't recognize them
OE. moder, AS. modor; akin to D. moeder, OS. modar, G. mutter, OHG. muotar, Icel. mo&edh;ir, Dan. & Sw. moder, OSlav. mati, Russ. mate, Ir. & Gael. mathair, L. mater, Gr. mh`thr, Skr. mat&rsdot;; cf. Skr. ma to measure. *268. Cf. Material, Matrix, Metropolis, Father.
A female parent; especially, one of the human race; a woman who has borne a child.
That which has produced or nurtured anything; source of birth or origin; generatrix.
Alas! poor country! ... it can not
Be called our mother, but our grave.
I behold ... the solitary majesty of Crete, mother of a religion, it is said, that lived two thousand years.
An old woman or matron. Familiar
The female superior or head of a religious house, as an abbess, etc.
Hysterical passion; hysteria. Obs.
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.
It is the mother falsehood from which all idolatry is derived.
Moth"er transitive verb
imperfect & past participleMothered ; present participle & verbal nounMothering
To adopt as a son or daughter; to perform the duties of a mother to.
The queen, to have put lady Elizabeth besides the crown, would have mothered another body's child.
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 oxygen of the air to the alcohol and other combustible principles of the liquid, thus leading to their oxidation.✍ The film is composed of a mass of rapidly developing microörganisms of the genus Mycoderma, and in the mother of vinegar the microörganisms (Mycoderma aceti) composing the film are the active agents in the Conversion of the alcohol into vinegar. When thickened by growth, the film may settle to the bottom of the fluid. See Acetous fermentation, under Fermentation.
Moth"er intransitive verb
To become like, or full of, mother, or thick matter, as vinegar.