mother

Definitions

  • Charley is reunited with his mother and siblings
    Charley is reunited with his mother and siblings
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mother make children "Abraham begot Isaac","Men often father children but don't recognize them"
    • v mother care for like a mother "She fusses over her husband"
    • n mother a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation "necessity is the mother of invention"
    • n 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"
    • n mother a term of address for a mother superior
    • n mother a term of address for an elderly woman
    • n mother a stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar
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Additional illustrations & photos:

OLD MOTHER HUBBARD AND HER DOG OLD MOTHER HUBBARD AND HER DOG
THE FAIRY QUEEN BRINGING TOM THUMB TO HIS MOTHER THE FAIRY QUEEN BRINGING TOM THUMB TO HIS MOTHER
Mother Goose Mother Goose
AUNT SUSAN'S MOTHER AUNT SUSAN'S MOTHER
Portrait of his Mother Portrait of his Mother
The old woman brings Dilah to her mother The old woman brings Dilah to her mother
King Loc carries Abeille away from her mother King Loc carries Abeille away from her mother
PETER'S WIFE'S MOTHER PETER'S WIFE'S MOTHER

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: White-Out was invented by Bette Nesmith Graham, who is the mother of Michael Nesmith from the "The Monkees."
    • Mother A female parent; especially, one of the human race; a woman who has borne a child.
    • n Mother 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.
    • Mother An old woman or matron.
    • Mother Hysterical passion; hysteria.
    • a Mother 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."
    • Mother 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."
    • Mother The female superior or head of a religious house, as an abbess, etc.
    • v. t Mother 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."
    • v. i Mother To become like, or full of, mother, or thick matter, as vinegar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Walt Disney named Mickey Mouse after Mickey Rooney, whose mother he dated.
    • n mother A woman in relation to her child; female parent: also used of female animals in relation to their offspring.
    • n mother That which has given birth to anything; source of anything; generatrix.
    • n mother A familiar appellation or term of address of an old or elderly woman.
    • n mother A title sometimes given to an abbess, and to other women holding an important position in religious or semi-religious institutions.
    • n mother A hysterical malady.
    • n mother The thickest plate, forming the body or principal part, of the astrolabe.
    • mother To be or act as a mother to; treat in a motherly fashion.
    • n mother Dregs; lees.
    • n mother A stringy, mucilaginous substance which forms in vinegar during the acetous fermentation, and the presence of which sets up and hastens this kind of fermentation. It is produced by a plant, Mycoderma aceti, the germs of which, like those of the yeast-plant, exist in the atmosphere.
    • mother To become concreted, as the thick matter of liquors; become mothery.
    • n mother Same as mauther.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: White out was invented by the mother of Mike Nesmith (Formerly of the Monkees).
    • n Mother muth′ėr a female parent, esp. one of the human race: a woman in relation to her child: a matron: that which has produced anything: the female head of a religious house: a familiar term of address to an old woman
    • adj Mother received by birth, as it were from one's mother: natural: acting the part of a mother: originating
    • v.t Mother to adopt as a son or daughter
    • n Mother muthėr dregs or sediments, as of vinegar
    • v.i Mother to become concreted
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Quotations

  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Children suck the mother when they are young and the father when they are old.”
  • Arnold Bennett
    Arnold%20Bennett
    “Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like.”
  • Elizabeth Taylor
    Elizabeth Taylor
    “I've been through it all, baby. I'm Mother Courage.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    Napoleon%20Bonaparte
    “The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother.”
  • Honore De Balzac
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    “A mother who is really a mother is never free.”
  • Lin Yu-tang
    Lin Yu-tang
    “Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.”

Idioms

Face only a mother could love - When someone has a face only a mother could love, they are ugly.
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Failure is the mother of success - Failure is often a stepping stone towards success.
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Mother wit - Native intelligence; common sense
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Necessity is the mother of invention - Difficult situations make people inventive.
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Tied to your mother's apron strings - Describes a child (often a boy) who is so used to his mother's care that he (or she) cannot do anything on his (or her) own.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. moder, AS. mōdor,; akin to D. moeder, OS. mōdar, G. mutter, OHG. muotar, Icel. mōðir, Dan. & Sw. moder, OSlav. mati, Russ. mate, Ir. & Gael. mathair, L. mater, Gr. mh`thr, Skr. mātṛ,; cf. Skr. , to measure. √268. Cf. Material Matrix Metropolis Father

Usage

In literature:

If my mother is your lawful wife, what of Mary's mother?
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Paul loved his mother, and she herself must needs love as well as reverence the mother of Paul.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Oliver has been so nice to mother that I believe she would make a bonfire of her furniture if he asked her to do it.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
My mother shut her eyes very tight.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
With the eyes of the prematurely old, she saw the extent of the ruin, and she knew what would be its effect upon the mother who seldom knew joy.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
Oh, his mother sent for him.
"Sunny Boy in the Big City" by Ramy Allison White
Don't make your mother die, Emily, or you will have no mother.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Only your age, your father's orders, and your mother's need held you back from the fight.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Mother, my mother, mine own dear Lady!
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
Rosy human tendrils that should never twine again in a mother's hair.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The man without, lurking beside the window, watched the departure of the mother and daughter.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
My mother was recommended to try one.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Very close, turned up to him out of the darkness, was Ranny's mother's face.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
But all I have to ask of you, John, is not to prejudice my mother.
"The Marriage of Elinor" by Margaret Oliphant
Put in some of the cracked corn for the mother hen.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Has your mother never mentioned the name of a Dr.
"Our Bessie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Starting back with a cry of alarm, she calls and my mother hurries out.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
But mother's going to look after them; and mother's a brick, I can tell you.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
For though Audrey resembled her father's mother in many ways, she had also inherited her mother's taste for writing and reading.
"Anxious Audrey" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
He offered my mother a piece of land after the war closed, but mother's husband would not let her accept it.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
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In poetry:

Then he cried "O Mother dear."
And he woke and sat upright,
They were in the rocking chair,
Mother's arms around him—tight.
"A Little Boy's Dream" by Katherine Mansfield
I am his mother's son, yet more,
A son his mother never bore,
But born of him, and yet aver
His Father's son my mother's were.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Do you see that gray­p;haired mother bend
Beneath her weight of years?
I've filled that aged mother's eyes
With many bitter tears.
"Signing The Pledge" by Frances Ellen Watkins
His lovely mother's grief was deep,
She called for vengeance on the deed;
A beauty does not vainly weep,
Nor coldly does a mother plead.
"Love and Folly" by William Cullen Bryant
Pleading now, now lingering, fainting,
Her soft heart with fear is panting;—
Cling not to thy mother so,
Thy mother smiles, and bids thee go.
"Epithalamium" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
"O mother, dear! wert, wert thou near
Whilst sleep!" And the orphan slept;
And all night long by the black pit heap
The mother a dumb watch kept
"The Hartley Calamity" by Joseph Skipsey

In news:

When the White House and a coalition of health groups for mothers recently looked at ways to improve care for at-risk expectant mothers, their technology of choice was the cell phone.
For the May 2010 contest, we want to see mother-daughter, mother-son and grandmother-grandchildren photos showing that both of you are unmistakeably related.
Seitzinger's mother, Tammy L. Gets a hug Wednesday from Deb Schlenker of Bethel Township, mother of Taylor's best friend, Brooke.
Skylar couldn't find the woodpecker 's mother, so she brought it to her own mother, Alison Capo, who agreed to take it home.
Five days a mother and returning from the hospital on April 25, 1970, the car Mrs Grimes, her mother, newborn child and husband Mike were in was hit by a drunken driver.
My Mother's Clothes Are Not My Mother.
His mother died when Sam was very young and he was raised by his father and step-mother, Willene who he loved dearly.
He was born Feb 7, 1929, in Hess to Earl E and Irell (Fitzgerald) Baxter. His mother died when Sam was very young and he was raised by his father and step-mother, Willene who he loved dearly.
Liz Sagaser, a blogger for the Mothers of Preschoolers International and the mother of two preschoolers, knows this firsthand — night after night after night.
This Mother's Day, stars like Kim Kardashian and Jason Segel are asking mothers to give a gift to themselves and get screened.
You must work at being a good mother and mother-in-law.
One of the adults is the calf's mother, Mauyak, while the other is Naya, a mature female beluga who acts as a surrogate mother to some calves born at the Shedd.
The 4-year-old boy's mother said her mother and her sister, who was not charged, were the only ones - 5:41 pm.
Linda Mioduszewski, portraying Mary Towles Sasseen Wilson, tells how she wanted to honor mothers by setting aside one day each year, thus originating the idea of Mother's Day.
INTERVIEWS Watch Mother Mother's Creepy , Chad VanGaalen-Animated 'The Sticks'.
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In science:

Virtual String Generator The mother class of all String Generators.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Is the mother class of all connected libraries.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
This scheme does not limit the number of mothers, but in practice there will likely never be more than 2 mothers per particle.
Generic User Process Interface for Event Generators
We find that the mother peaks should resolve as in Fig. 2 at a frequency ∼ ωres/10.
Theory of spin response in underdoped cuprates as strongly fluctuating d-wave superconductors
For this purpose, the MN LG tries to match the input node with the mother node of one of the trees in its tree repository.
A Flexible Pragmatics-driven Language Generator for Animated Agents
In the notation of Section 2, we take as ‘mother process’ the process in which every individual has exactly m children, the corresponding family-size probability generating function is given by G(α) = αm , α ∈ R.
Branching Processes, and Random-Cluster Measures on Trees
Adults choose a language as a second language if it is bigger than the mother language in size.
The physics of randomness and regularities for languages (lifetimes, family trees, and the second languages); in terms of random matrices
Our investigation is then restricted to two nuclear systems for which all such data exist, namely, A = 100 and 116, which we shall often denote by the name of the “mother” nucleus (100Mo and 116Cd, respectively).
Overconstrained estimates of neutrinoless double beta decay within the QRPA
Results of the (gpp , gA ) fit for two different (mother) nuclei, with QRPA calculations performed in large basis.
Overconstrained estimates of neutrinoless double beta decay within the QRPA
All individuals are residing in points on the real line, and the displacements of children relative to their mother are described by a point process Z = PN i=1 δXi on R.
A log-type moment result for perpetuities and its application to martingales in supercritical branching random walks
This subtree T is obtained recursively as follows: For any v ∈ T, let N (v ) be the number of its successors (children) and Z (v ) def= PN (v) i=1 δXi (v) denote the point process describing the displacements of the children v i of v relative to their mother.
A log-type moment result for perpetuities and its application to martingales in supercritical branching random walks
Recall that Z denotes a generic copy of the point process describing the displacements of children relative to its mother in the considered population.
A log-type moment result for perpetuities and its application to martingales in supercritical branching random walks
Secondly, one considers a sequel of mother wavelets ψλ in a way that enables the convergence, as λ → ∞ of | bψλ |2 to a Dirac mass concentrated at the frequency ξ = 1.
A nonparametric estimator of the spectral density of a continuous-time Gaussian process observed at random times
Definition and harmonizable representation of wavelet coefficients Let ψ : IR → IC be a function, the so-called ”mother” wavelet, and denote bf (ξ ) = ZIR Fourier transform of f ∈ L1 (IR) ∩ L2 (IR).
A nonparametric estimator of the spectral density of a continuous-time Gaussian process observed at random times
It is also not mandatory to choose ψ to be a “mother” wavelet associated to a multiresolution analysis of IL2 (IR) and the whole theory can be developed without resorting to this assumption.
A nonparametric estimator of the spectral density of a continuous-time Gaussian process observed at random times
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