• WordNet 3.6
    • n maternity the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother "the girl's motherliness made her invaluable in caring for the children"
    • n maternity the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother
    • n maternity the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Maternity The character of a mother; maternal quality; motherliness.
    • Maternity The maternity ward; the maternity department of a hospital.
    • Maternity The state of being a mother; motherhood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n maternity The state of being a mother; motherhood.
    • n maternity A place for the care of mothers in childbirth; a lying-in ward or hospital.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Maternity the state, character, or relation of a mother: motherhood: a lying-in hospital
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  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “Maternity is a matter of fact, paternity is a matter of opinion.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. maternité, LL. maternitas,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. maternel (It. maternale)—L. maternusmater, mother.


In literature:

There was an element of real maternal pity in Rose's adoption of little Dolly Darling as her chum.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
But let thy sacrifice be ended so that my maternal relations be relieved.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
As regards Vahlika, abandoning his (paternal) kingdom he dwelt with his maternal uncle.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
She evoked this demonstration in some secret, maternal way.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
She on her side loves her husband; she comes in time indeed to have a sort of tender maternal feeling for him.
"Little Essays of Love and Virtue" by Havelock Ellis
Maurice felt an almost physical collapse; neither he nor Henry Houghton had reckoned on maternal love.
"The Vehement Flame" by Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
What sayest thou, my most amiable maternal relative, and why sittest thou so silent and so sad?
"The Emigrants Of Ahadarra The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
She began to look him over with a maternal eye.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
Women have come to dread maternity.
"The Fertility of the Unfit" by William Allan Chapple
The maternal tenderness ought to be too strong to impose upon this sacred feeling.
"The Secret of a Happy Home (1896)" by Marion Harland
Suckling, Captain Maurice, Nelson's maternal uncle, i.
"The Life of Nelson, Vol. II. (of 2)" by A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
At its birth only the maternal grandmother and two female doctors are present.
"The Religious Life of the Zuñi Child" by (Mrs.) Tilly E. (Matilda Coxe Evans) Stevenson
The first duty of maternity, and one of its purest joys, is to sustain the newborn life at the mother's breast.
"The Madonna in Art" by Estelle M. Hurll
Never maternal, save in the limited physical sense, Miss Mattie had been glad to have the child out of her way.
"Flower of the Dusk" by Myrtle Reed
The crown of wifehood and maternity is purer, more divine, than that of the maiden.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
I fling cold water in their solemn maternal faces.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
Another sister and two maternal aunts were insane.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
The following anecdote strikingly illustrates the strength of maternal love, the beauty of faith, and the efficacy of prayer.
"Noble Deeds of American Women"
Ah, the suavity, the beauty of this maternal instinct!
"Mortal Coils" by Aldous Huxley
On the maternal side the ancestry was good.
"Sketches of Successful New Hampshire Men" by Various

In poetry:

Bless'd be her night as infant's rest,
Lull'd on the fond maternal breast,
Who, sweetly-playful smiles in sleep,
Nor knows that he is born to weep.
"Ode to Sleep" by John Logan
In time came those maternal joys
Which take the form of girls or boys,
And strange to say of each they'd one -
A tiddy-iddy daughter, and a tiddy-iddy son!
"Thomson Green and Harriet Hale" by William Schwenck Gilbert
``Rapture maternal fluttered in my heart
When you yourself disdainfully denied
What worldlings prize, and chose the better part,
Wending where now I find you at my side.
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
And yearly now, before the Martyrs’ King,
For thee she offers her maternal tears,
Calls us, like thee, to His dear feet to cling,
And bury in His wounds our earthly fears.
"King Charles the Martyr" by John Keble
What went ye out to see?
A corpse not laid to rest
(As all earth's sons should be)
In her maternal breast,
But cered in darkly symboll'd tomb
Drawn from old Egypt's mythic gloom?
"On Seeing A Thousand Sabbath School Children" by Janet Hamilton
High o'er that varied ridge of Alpine forms,
Vast MOEL-Y -FAMMAU towers upon the sight,
Lifts her maternal bosom to the storms,
And screens her filial mountains from their blight.
"Hoyle Lake" by Anna Seward

In news:

Prefer a RN with labor and delivery, maternal newborn nursing and/or Peds experience.
The maternal grandparents are Vickie Klingbeil of Johnstown and Raymond Nellis III of Gloversville.
This year, the tech-savvy tyke is at the maternity ward with his dad, and the pair are checking out his brand new baby sister.
After all, their mother and maternal grandmother never had the disease.
The US is number 50 for maternal mortality which means it's safer to give birth in 49 other...
Maternal grandparents are Randy and Leah Montgomery of West Point.
25-6-301 states that breastfeeding is a basic and important act of nurturing that should be encouraged in the interests of maternal and infant health.
Norwich Pharmaceuticals partnering with Kiwanis, UNICEF to battle Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus.
Maternal grandparents are David and Vicki Smalley of Bettsville.
OK, so you've had your baby, bonded over your maternity leave and are now ready to work.
The issue also features articles from the successful Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) series on topics such as emergency obstetric care in low-resource settings.
The maternal grandparents are Steve Rulison of Johnstown, Carole Deyoe of Caroga Lake and Mike O'Neill of Herkimer.
MY MATERNAL grandmother, Annie Sparks, lived with our family during the while I was growing up.
The maternal grandparents are Robert and Janice Baumgaertel of Gloversville.
Maternal grandparents are Ed and Brenda Thomas of McCutchenville and Ted and Deb Hilborn of Tiffin.

In science:

This class of autocovariances encompasses a broad range of processes including the Mat´ern model (see ) and the so-called exponential family exp(−c |t − s|γ ) for γ ∈ (0, 2).
Estimating deformations of isotropic Gaussian random fields on the plane
This class includes various known p.p. such as Neyman-Scott p.p., Thomas p.p., Mat´ern Cluster p.p. among others.
Directionally Convex Ordering of Random Measures, Shot Noise Fields and Some Applications to Wireless Communications
This paper considers a generalization of Gaussian random field with covariance function of Whittle-Mat´ern family.
Generalized Whittle-Mat$\acute{\text{E}}$rn random field as a model of correlated fluctuations
Asymptotic properties of the covariance functions belonging to this generalized Whittle-Mat´ern family are studied, which are used to deduce the sample path properties of the random field.
Generalized Whittle-Mat$\acute{\text{E}}$rn random field as a model of correlated fluctuations
In this article we show that generalized Whittle-Mat´ern field provides a more flexible model for wind speed data.
Generalized Whittle-Mat$\acute{\text{E}}$rn random field as a model of correlated fluctuations
For convenience, we call Yα,γ (t) the GWM (generalized Whittle-Mat´ern) field.
Generalized Whittle-Mat$\acute{\text{E}}$rn random field as a model of correlated fluctuations
In this paper, we have introduced a new class of Gaussian random field with covariance belonging to a generalized Whittle-Mat´ern family of covariance functions.
Generalized Whittle-Mat$\acute{\text{E}}$rn random field as a model of correlated fluctuations
W (t) where W a mean zero Gaussian process on R with known Mat´ern parameters.
Local likelihood estimation of local parameters for nonstationary random fields
Section 2 contains an introduction to the Mat´ern covariance family and the SPDE formulation in the Gaussian case.
Spatial Mat\'ern fields driven by non-Gaussian noise
The Mat´ern covariance family (Mat´ern, 1960) is often used when modeling spatial data.
Spatial Mat\'ern fields driven by non-Gaussian noise
As the properties of Gaussian fields are given by their first two moments, the standard way of specifying Gaussian Mat´ern fields is to chose the mean value, µ(s) possibly spatially varying, and then let the covariance function be of the form (1).
Spatial Mat\'ern fields driven by non-Gaussian noise
Since the spectral density for a Mat´ern field in dimension d with parameters ν , φ2 , and κ is given by (2), one finds that the corresponding symmetric non-negative kernel is a Mat´ern 4 , φk = √φ, and κk = κ.
Spatial Mat\'ern fields driven by non-Gaussian noise
As discussed in Lindgren, Rue and Lindstr¨om (2011), there is an implicit assumption of appropriate boundary conditions needed if one wants the solutions to be stationary Mat´ern fields.
Spatial Mat\'ern fields driven by non-Gaussian noise
Gα ∈ L2 (Rd ). A non-Gaussian model with Mat´ern covariances could be constructed either using the process convolution formulation (3) where the Brownian sheet is replaced by some non-Gaussian process, or through the SPDE formulation (4) with non-Gaussian noise.
Spatial Mat\'ern fields driven by non-Gaussian noise
Using the relation between α and the parameter ν in the Mat´ern covariance function, α = ν + d/2, we see that X ∈ Hm almost surely for m < ν .
Spatial Mat\'ern fields driven by non-Gaussian noise