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Noun, Verb (transitive)


Noun mother has 5 senses

Verb mother has 2 senses


mothern. [OE. moder, AS. mōdor; akin to D. moeder, OS. mōdar, G. mutter, OHG. muotar, Icel. , Dan. & Sw. moder, OSlav. mati, Russ. mate, Ir. & Gael. mathair, L. mater, Gr. mh`thr, Skr. māt; cf. Skr. to measure. √268. Cf. Material, Matrix, Metropolis, Father.].
  •  A female parent; especially, one of the human race; a woman who has borne a child.  [1913 Webster]
  •  That which has produced or nurtured anything; source of birth or origin; generatrix.  [1913 Webster]
    "Alas! poor country! . . . it can not
    Be called our mother, but our grave.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "I behold . . . the solitary majesty of Crete, mother of a religion, it is said, that lived two thousand years."  [1913 Webster]
  •  An old woman or matron.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The female superior or head of a religious house, as an abbess, etc.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Hysterical passion; hysteria.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
Mother Carey's chicken (Zoöl.), any one of several species of small petrels, as the stormy petrel (Procellaria pelagica), and Leach's petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa), both of the Atlantic, and Oceanodroma furcata of the North Pacific. -- Mother Carey's goose (Zoöl.), the giant fulmar of the Pacific. See Fulmar. -- Mother's mark (Med.), a congenital mark upon the body; a birthmark; a nævus.
     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.  [1913 Webster]
    "It is the mother falsehood from which all idolatry is derived."  [1913 Webster]
Mother cell (Biol.), a cell which, by endogenous divisions, gives rise to other cells (daughter cells); a parent cell. -- Mother church, the original church; a church from which other churches have sprung; as, the mother church of a diocese. -- Mother country, the country of one's parents or ancestors; the country from which the people of a colony derive their origin. -- Mother liquor (Chem.), the impure or complex residual solution which remains after the salts readily or regularly crystallizing have been removed. -- Mother queen, the mother of a reigning sovereign; a queen mother. -- Mother tongue. (a) A language from which another language has had its origin. (b) The language of one's native land; native tongue. -- Mother water. See Mother liquor (above). -- Mother wit, natural or native wit or intelligence.
motherv. t. 
     To adopt as a son or daughter; to perform the duties of a mother to.  [1913 Webster]
    "The queen, to have put lady Elizabeth besides the crown, would have mothered another body's child."  [1913 Webster]
mothern. [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.  [1913 Webster]
    " 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."  [1913 Webster]
motherv. i. 
     To become like, or full of, mother, or thick matter, as vinegar.  [1913 Webster]
mothern. [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.].
  •  Same as motherfucker.  [PJC]
  •  A person or thing with some exceptional quality, as great size or power; as, a grizzly stuck his nose in my tent and I grabbed my pistol and shot the mother.  [PJC]


mother, n. & v.
1 a a woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth. b (in full adoptive mother) a woman who has continuous care of a child, esp. by adoption.
2 any female animal in relation to its offspring.
3 a quality or condition etc. that gives rise to another (necessity is the mother of invention).
4 (in full Mother Superior) the head of a female religious community.
5 archaic (esp. as a form of address) an elderly woman.
6 (attrib.) a designating an institution etc. regarded as having maternal authority (Mother Church; mother earth). b designating the main ship, spacecraft, etc., in a convoy or mission (the mother craft).
1 give birth to; be the mother of.
2 protect as a mother.
3 give rise to; be the source of.
4 acknowledge or profess oneself the mother of.

Mother Carey's chicken = storm petrel 1. mother country a country in relation to its colonies. mother-figure an older woman who is regarded as a source of nurture, support, etc. Mother Goose rhyme US a nursery rhyme. mother-in-law (pl. mothers-in-law) the mother of one's husband or wife. mother-in-law's tongue a plant, Sansevieria trifasciata, with long erect pointed leaves. mother-lode Mining the main vein of a system. mother naked stark naked. mother-of-pearl a smooth iridescent substance forming the inner layer of the shell of some molluscs. Mother's Day
2 US an equivalent day on the second Sunday in May. mother's ruin colloq. gin. mother's son colloq. a man (every mother's son of you).
mother tongue
1 one's native language.
2 a language from which others have evolved. mother wit native wit; common sense.
motherhood n. motherless adj. motherlessness n. motherlike adj. & adv.
OE modor f. Gmc



SOB, agent, ancestorial, ancestors, ancestral, apprentice, architect, artificer, artist, attend to, aunt, auntie, author, baby, baby-sit, bastard, bear, beget, begetter, beginner, birth, blood brother, breed, breed true, brethren, bring to birth, brother, bub, bubba, bud, buddy, bugger, builder, care for, catalyst, causer, chaperon, cherish, coddle, conceiver, conserve, constructor, copulate, cosset, country cousin, cousin, cousin once removed, cousin twice removed, cradle, craftsman, creator, creep, crossbreed, cultivate, dam, daughter, designer, deviser, discoverer, dry-nurse, effector, engender, engenderer, engineer, executor, executrix, fart, father, fatherlike, fatherly, feed, first cousin, fondle, foster, foster brother, foster mother, founder, frater, generate, generator, genesis, genetrix, get, give birth to, grandfatherly, grandmotherly, grandnephew, grandniece, grandparental, granduncle, great-aunt, great-uncle, grower, half brother, heel, hood, hooligan, inaugurator, inbreed, indulge, industrialist, initiator, innate, inspirer, instigator, institutor, introducer, inventor, jerk, journeyman, keep watch over, kid brother, lavish care on, look after, look out for, look to, louse, ma, make love, maker, mam, mama, mamma, mammy, manufacturer, master, master craftsman, mater, materfamilias, maternal, maternal ancestor, matriarch, matronize, maw, meanie, mind, minister to, mom, mommy, motherlike, motherly, mover, multiply, mum, mummy, native, natural, nephew, niece, nourish, nuncle, nunks, nunky, nurse, nurture, nurturer, old, old lady, old woman, organizer, origin, originator, outbreed, pamper, parent, parental, past master, paternal, patriarchal, pill, planner, precursor, preserve, prime mover, primum mobile, procreate, producer, progenitrix, proliferate, propagate, protect, protege, provide for, raiser, rat, realizer, reproduce in kind, ride herd on, second cousin, see after, see to, serve, shaper, shelter, shepherd, shit, shithead, shitheel, sire, sis, sissy, sister, sister-german, sistern, smith, son, source, spoil, spoon-feed, stepbrother, stepmother, stepsister, stinkard, stinker, suckle, support, sustain, take care of, take charge of, tend, the old woman, turd, unc, uncle, uncs, uterine brother, wait on, watch, watch out for, watch over, wellspring, wet-nurse, wright




N uncleanness, impurity, immundity, immundicity, impurity, defilement, contamination, defoedation, soilure, soiliness, abomination, leaven, taint, tainture, fetor, decay, putrescence, putrefaction, corruption, mold, must, mildew, dry rot, mucor, rubigo, slovenry, slovenliness, squalor, dowdy, drab, slut, malkin, slattern, sloven, slammerkin, slammock, slummock, scrub, draggle-tail, mudlark, dust-man, sweep, beast, dirt, filth, soil, slop, dust, cobweb, flue, smoke, soot, smudge, smut, grit, grime, raff, sossle, sozzle, sordes, dregs, grounds, lees, argol, sediment, settlement heeltap, dross, drossiness, mother, precipitate, scoriae, ashes, cinders, recrement, slag, scum, froth, hogwash, ditchwater, dishwater, bilgewater, rinsings, cheeseparings, sweepings, offscourings, outscourings, off scum, caput mortuum, residuum, sprue, fecula, clinker, draff, scurf, scurfiness, exuviae, morphea, fur, furfur, dandruff, tartar, riffraff, vermin, louse, flea, bug, chinch, mud, mire, quagmire, alluvium, silt, sludge, slime, slush, slosh, sposh, spawn, offal, gurry, lientery, garbage, carrion, excreta, slough, peccant humor, pus, matter, suppuration, lienteria, faeces, feces, excrement, ordure, dung, crap, shit, sewage, sewerage, muck, coprolite, guano, manure, compost, dunghill, colluvies, mixen, midden, bog, laystall, sink, privy, jakes, toilet, john, head, cess, cesspool, sump, sough, cloaca, latrines, drain, sewer, common sewer, Cloacina, dust hole, sty, pigsty, lair, den, Augean stable, sink of corruption, slum, rookery, dirty, filthy, grimy, unclean, impure, soiled, not to be handled with kid gloves, dusty, snuffy, smutty, sooty, smoky, thick, turbid, dreggy, slimy, mussy, slovenly, untidy, messy, uncleanly, unkempt, sluttish, dowdy, draggle-tailed, uncombed, unscoured, unswept, unwiped, unwashed, unstrained, unpurified, squalid, lutose, slammocky, slummocky, sozzly, nasty, coarse, foul, offensive, abominable, beastly, reeky, reechy, fetid, decayed, moldy, musty, mildewed, rusty, moth-eaten, mucid, rancid, weak, bad, gone bad, etercoral, lentiginous, touched, fusty, effete, reasty, rotten, corrupt, tainted, high, flyblown, maggoty, putrid, putrefactive, putrescent, putrefied, saprogenic, saprogenous, purulent, carious, peccant, fecal, feculent, stercoraceous, excrementitious, scurfy, scurvy, impetiginous, gory, bloody, rotting, rotten as a pear, rotten as cheese, crapulous, gross, fimetarious, fimicolous, they that touch pitch will be defiled.


N paternity, parentage, consanguinity, parent, father, sire, dad, papa, paterfamilias, abba, genitor, progenitor, procreator, ancestor, grandsire, grandfather, great- grandfather, fathership, fatherhood, mabap, house, stem, trunk, tree, stock, stirps, pedigree, lineage, line, family, tribe, sept, race, clan, genealogy, descent, extraction, birth, ancestry, forefathers, forbears, patriarchs, motherhood, maternity, mother, dam, mamma, materfamilias, grandmother, paternal, parental, maternal, family, ancestral, linear, patriarchal, avi numerantur avorum, happy he with such a mother, hombre bueno no le busquen abolengo, philosophia stemma non inspicit.

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