mother, female parent(noun)
a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother)
"the mother of three children"
a stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar
a term of address for an elderly woman
a term of address for a mother superior
a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation
"necessity is the mother of invention"
mother, fuss, overprotect(verb)
care for like a mother
"She fusses over her husband"
beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth(verb)
"Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"
A title given to a nun or a priestess
One of the triune goddesses of the Lady in Wicca alongside the Crone and Maiden and representing a woman older than a virginal Maiden but younger than a old woman Crone.
Origin: Shortened from motherfucker
a female parent; especially, one of the human race; a woman who has borne a child
that which has produced or nurtured anything; source of birth or origin; generatrix
an old woman or matron
the female superior or head of a religious house, as an abbess, etc
hysterical passion; hysteria
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
to adopt as a son or daughter; to perform the duties of a mother to
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
to become like, or full of, mother, or thick matter, as vinegar
Origin: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]
A mother is a woman who has raised a child, given birth to a child, and/or supplied the ovum that united with a sperm which grew into a child. Because of the complexity and differences of a mother's social, cultural, and religious definitions and roles, it is challenging to specify a universally acceptable definition for the term. The male equivalent is a father.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
muth′ėr, n. 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. received by birth, as it were from one's mother: natural: acting the part of a mother: originating.—v.t. to adopt as a son or daughter.—ns. Moth′er-church, the church from which others have sprung; Moth′er-coun′try, -land, the country of one's birth: the country from which a colony has gone out; Moth′erhood, state of being a mother; Moth′ering, a rural English custom of visiting one's parents on Mid-Lent Sunday; Moth′er-in-law, the mother of one's husband or wife.—adj. Moth′erless, without a mother.—n. Moth′erliness.—adj. Moth′erly, pertaining to, or becoming, a mother: like a mother: parental: tender.—ns. Moth′er-of-pearl′, the nacreous internal layer of the shells of several molluscs, esp. of the pearl-oyster, so called because producing the pearl; Moth′er's-mark, a birth-mark; Moth′er-tongue, a person's native language: a language from which another has its origin; Moth′er-wa′ter, the residual liquid remaining after the chemical substances it contained have been crystallised or precipitated; Moth′er-wit, native wit: common-sense; Moth′er-wort, a labiate plant growing in waste places; Queen′-moth′er, the mother of a reigning sovereign.—Mother Carey's chicken, the stormy petrel, or other bird of the same family; Mother-Hubbard, a woman's loose flowing gown, like that proper to the nursery heroine.—Every mother's son, all, without exception. [A.S. móder; Dut. moeder, Ice. móðir, Ger. mutter, Ir. and Gael. mathair, L. mater, Gr. mētēr, Sans, mátá, mátri.]
muthėr, n. dregs or sediments, as of vinegar.—v.i. to become concreted.—adj. Moth′ery. [Mud.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'mother' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #323
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'mother' in Written Corpus Frequency: #485
Rank popularity for the word 'mother' in Nouns Frequency: #86
The numerical value of mother in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of mother in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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