• WordNet 3.6
    • n mater an informal use of the Latin word for mother; sometimes used by British schoolboys or used facetiously
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mater See Alma mater Dura mater, and Pia mater.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mater A Middle English form of matter.
    • n mater Mother: in certain special uses. See alma mater, and phrases below.
    • n mater In anatomy, one of two membranes or meninges of the brain, outer and inner, separated by the arachnoid, and distinguished as dura mater, or dura, and pia mater, or pia: so called from some idea that they produce the brain.—
    • n mater The large metallic disk which forms the foundation of an astrolabe, and carries at its circumference the graduation upon which the indications of the alidade or index are read.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mater mā′tėr a mother: one of the two membranes of the brain, outer and inner, separated by the arachnoid—the dura mater, or dura, and pia mater, or pia
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  • Malcolm X
    “My alma mater was books, a good library. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.”
  • Saint Thomas Acquinas
    Saint Thomas Acquinas
    “Repeticio est mater studiorum. Repetition is the mother of all learning.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., mother. See Mother
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. mētēr.


In literature:

And, I say, mater, is there any grub going?
"With Haig on the Somme" by D. H. Parry
I suppose you've been collecting too, mater?
"The Talking Horse" by F. Anstey
At least, so thought Van Mater.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
The Mater won't mind!
"In Brief Authority" by F. Anstey
Now, come in and say good-morning to the mater; she is longing to see you.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
The Mater wouldn't trust us with her best china, I assure you.
"The Manor House School" by Angela Brazil
The sudden change from a lone old lady to a mater-familias was not, however, so charming as Natalya had imagined.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Instead of that, the mater let me knock around.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
You know mater's mother was from old Kentucky, and she'll adore the child.
"Blue-grass and Broadway" by Maria Thompson Daviess
Rossini's "Stabat Mater" given by the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee

In poetry:

Yet if, perchance, a slender beam
Of feeling's glow or fancy's gleam
Still lingers in the lines we lay
At Alma Mater's feet today,
The touch of Nature may redeem
Our college rhymes.
"A Rondeau of College Rhymes" by Henry Van Dyke
Cherubim "Mater Christi."
What comes to me from far-off broken years?
A voice in Rama, mourning her sad lot!
Great lamentations, women's cries and tears,
A Rachel mourns her children who were not.
"Herod" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
What precious fools 'The People' grew,
Their alma mater not in town;
The 'useful classes' hardly knew
Four was composed of two and two,
Until they learned it at the U-
—niversity we've Got in town.
"Stinkomalee Triumphans" by Richard Harris Barham
Cherubim "Mater amabilis."
Let me but watch the little goats that leap
On the rough rocks that circle Galilee,
And I would hear the swelling waves that creep
To strike strong music from the changing sea.
"Herod" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
All your strifes and vexations, your whims and complaints,
(You were not saints yourselves, if the children of saints!)
All your petty self-seekings and rivalries done,
Round the dear Alma Mater your hearts beat as one!
"The Quaker Alumni" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Shade graduate now principal at alma mater .
Ryan Visit to Alma Mater Miami University Generates Excitement.
'Father Tony' Ricard lands at his alma mater , St Augustine High School.
Now he's seen up-close how good his alma mater has become three decades later.
When it comes to stepping up for Ouachita Baptist University, Molly Kircher is among the school's many alumni who are proud to support their alma mater.
Who remembered her alma mater in her will.
Mater Dei coach on alumni Barkley, Wittek.
Johnny Curren talks with Bruce Rollinson, who coached USC quarterbacks Matt Leinart, Matt Barkley and Max Wittek while they were at Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).
Fayetteville State University alum and retired educator James Boyd has donated $25,000 to his alma mater.
Former Tucker star able to see alma mater play.
The new Florida A&M men's basketball coach has waited 20 years since finishing his professional basketball career to return to his alma mater with his dream job.
Sogno di Stabat Mater ("Dream of Stabat Mater") for violin, viola, vibraphone and string orchestra, by Russian-born Lera Auerbach , the orchestra's featured composer this season.
Mater Dei coach on alumni Barkley , Wittek.
Prister led the Knights, his alma mater, to two state title game appearances during his tenure.
Late field goal saves Mater Dei in victory over North Posey.

In science:

Cosmogenic neutrinos and neutrinos from the mirror mater are considered as superGZK neutrinos.
Ultra High Energy Neutrino Astronomy
For a realistic model, where a fraction (1 − f ) of the dark matter has been transfered into a halo, the vertical instabilities are damped if more than half of the dark mater is in the halo (f < 0.5).
A new scenario for the origin of galactic warps
Finally, disc-like bulges are formed by the inflow of mater ial to the center due to bar torques.
Formation and dynamical evolution of galaxies and of their components
Assuming the core as a type II superconductor so the magnetic flux can be transported as quantized fluxoids, calculation have been performed to determine magnetic filed decay and its interaction with the mater accreted from the companion.
On the Present and Future of Pulsar Astronomy
Nanostructured Semiconductors, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2003. N. Motta, A. Sgarlata, F. Risei, P.D. Szkutnik, S. Nufris. M. Scarselli. A. Balzarotti, Controlling the quantum dot nucleation site, Mater.
Self-Organization of a 2D Lattice on a Surface of Ge Single Crystal after Irradiation with Yag: ND Laser