r) KEY NOUN:
- A woman who conceives, gives birth to, or raises and nurtures a child.
- A female parent of an animal.
- A female ancestor.
- A woman who holds a position of authority or responsibility similar to that of a mother: a den mother.
- Roman Catholic Church
- A mother superior.
- Used as a form of address for such a woman.
- A woman who creates, originates, or founds something: "the discovery of radium, which made Marie Curie mother to the Atomic Age" (Alden Whitman).
- A creative source; an origin: Philosophy is the mother of the sciences.
- Used as a title for a woman respected for her wisdom and age.
- Maternal love and tenderness: brought out the mother in her.
- The biggest or most significant example of its kind: the mother of all battles.
- Vulgar Slang Something considered extraordinary, as in disagreeableness, size, or intensity.
TRANSITIVE VERB: moth·ered
- Relating to or being mother.
- Characteristic of a mother: mother love.
- Being the source or origin: the mother church.
- Derived from or as if from one's mother; native: one's mother language.
- To give birth to; create and produce.
- To watch over, nourish, and protect maternally.
Middle English moder, mother
, from Old English mdor
; see mter-
in Indo-European roots. N., sense 10, translation of Iraqi Arabic 'umm
. N., sense 11, short for motherfucker