• The Foster Mother
    The Foster Mother
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj foster providing or receiving nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal ties "foster parent","foster child","foster home","surrogate father"
    • v foster help develop, help grow "nurture his talents"
    • v foster bring up under fosterage; of children
    • v foster promote the growth of "Foster our children's well-being and education"
    • n Foster United States songwriter whose songs embody the sentiment of the South before the American Civil War (1826-1864)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Meg Ryan turned down plum lead parts in the films "Steel Magnolias," "Pretty Woman," and "Silence of the Lambs." A few years after her rejection of "Silence of the Lambs," which earned Jodie Foster a Best Actress Oscar, Ryan disclosed to Barbara Walters in a television interview that she had felt the role "was dangerous and a little ugly. I felt it was too dark - for me."
    • n Foster A forester.
    • a Foster Relating to nourishment; affording, receiving, or sharing nourishment or nurture; -- applied to father, mother, child, brother, etc., to indicate that the person so called stands in the relation of parent, child, brother, etc., as regards sustenance and nurture, but not by tie of blood.
    • v. i Foster To be nourished or trained up together.
    • Foster To cherish; to promote the growth of; to encourage; to sustain and promote; as, to foster genius.
    • Foster To feed; to nourish; to support; to bring up. "Some say that ravens foster forlorn children."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • foster To feed; nourish; support; bring up.
    • foster To sustain by aid, care, or encouragement; give support to; cherish; promote: as, to foster the growth of tender plants; to foster an enterprise; to foster pride or genius.
    • foster Synonyms Harbor, etc. (see cherish); to indulge, favor, forward, advance, further, help on.
    • foster To be nourished or trained up together.
    • n foster A contracted form of forster, forester.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Foster fos′tėr to bring up or nurse: to encourage
    • n Foster fos′tėr (Spens.) a forester.
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  • William C. Bryant
    William C. Bryant
    “Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness --a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster-children into strength and athletic proportion.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fostren, fr. AS. fōster, fōstor, food, nourishment, fr. fōda, food. √75. See Food


In literature:

Her foster mother will be greatly worried at her absence.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
I would not send any one up the road towards Oxford as Foster has already seen that road.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
But I mean to cut over here to the Fosters whenever I can.
"Killykinick" by Mary T. Waggaman
Fragments of almost-forgotten scientific lore flitted through Foster's brain as he groped for a clue to the action of the strange ray.
"The Cavern of the Shining Ones" by Hal K. Wells
He pictured the delight with which his childless foster-parents would receive her.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
People don't like Mrs. Foster very well.
"Betty Leicester" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Father Foster was in the library with Lady Fitz Rewes.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
Equal educational rights and privileges in all the schools and institutions of learning fostered or controlled by the State.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
The land of the Vedas justly boasts of being the mother, or the foster-mother, of nine great religions.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
Stephen Collins Foster was born in Alleghany, Pennsylvania, on the 4th of July, 1826.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 121, November, 1867" by Various

In poetry:

ALL. They left their foster-mother,
The one was Ralph, our brother,
Our captain was the other,
A many years ago.
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
BUT. In time each little waif
Forsook his foster-mother,
The well born babe was Ralph—
Your captain was the other!!!
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
You, having read the Holy Writ —
The Book the angels foster —
Say have you helped us on a bit,
You overfed impostor?
"A Hyde Park Larrikin" by Henry Kendall
I, being, as I’ve said, a bard,
Resolved at once to foster
This mite whose length was just a yard—
This portable impostor!
"Peter the Piccaninny" by Henry Kendall
Dear Saint in mansions long folded,
Safe in God's fostering love,
She joins in the blissful chorus,
Of those bright choirs above.
"Mother's Songs" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Heir of all the vassals' homage
Rendered to the grisly sire,
He had grown his people's treasure,
Fostered as their heart's desire.
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace Penguin, 467 pp.
Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will by David Foster Wallace Columbia University Press, 252 pp.
The East Lake Arts District is a grassroots neighborhood association formed to promote the East Lake area while fostering the arts.
Smack dab in the middle The menu is great-ranging from special-order omelettes for the picky to over-the-top Bananas Foster French toast and eggs benedict for the divas.
The rather dusty black-and-white footage, dating from the summer of 1966, opens with bikinis, beach umbrellas and Foster Grant-shaded sophisticates strolling La Croisette.
Man caught after eluding police at Stanford Scott Foster arrested in connection with domestic violence.
Cast includes Damon and Foster.
The pic already stars Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley and Jodie Foster.
Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster are already set to star with plans to shoot the movie this fall.
Sikeston shortstop John Foster tags out a Jackson runner at second base on Monday at VFW Stadium as second baseman Jordan Griggs looks on.
From left, Abby's great-grandmother Erma Foster, her grandmother Donna Foster and her mother Jennifer Gibson.
An impactful blog can do several things, from fostering a sense of community around your brand to creating acceptance for a new product.
Catherine Foster, left, Sahr Ngaujah and Nicole de Weever star in the Broadway production of Fela.
Nonprofit helps foster kids with extracurricular , emergency expenses.
ABC7 News is teaming up with Sleep Train to help raise awareness and support for foster children in the Bay Area.

In science:

We recall the general strategy of the proof of Proposition 1.2 of (The Foster criteria).
A note on the rightmost particle in a Fleming-Viot process
Foster and Hart proposed an operational measure of riskiness for discrete random variables.
The Foster-Hart Measure of Riskiness for General Gambles
Nevertheless, an equally-important remaining question is how to foster this interchange between the two fields [151, 152], given intellectual history and the realities of funding.
Summary: Working Group on QCD and Strong Interactions
Galactic abundance gradients and abundance patterns, as will be obtained from studies of large ensembles of supergiants in our own and other galaxies, will foster the understanding of galactochemical evolution.
Quantitative Spectroscopy of Supergiants
One of the goals of this conference was to foster the involvement of younger scientists in the field of AGN physics.
Conference Summary: AGN Physics with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey