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moth·er1  audio  (mr) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A woman who conceives, gives birth to, or raises and nurtures a child.
  2. A female parent of an animal.
  3. A female ancestor.
  4. A woman who holds a position of authority or responsibility similar to that of a mother: a den mother.
  5. Roman Catholic Church
    1. A mother superior.
    2. Used as a form of address for such a woman.
  6. A woman who creates, originates, or founds something: "the discovery of radium, which made Marie Curie mother to the Atomic Age" (Alden Whitman).
  7. A creative source; an origin: Philosophy is the mother of the sciences.
  8. Used as a title for a woman respected for her wisdom and age.
  9. Maternal love and tenderness: brought out the mother in her.
  10. The biggest or most significant example of its kind: the mother of all battles.
  11. Vulgar Slang Something considered extraordinary, as in disagreeableness, size, or intensity.
ADJECTIVE:
  1. Relating to or being mother.
  2. Characteristic of a mother: mother love.
  3. Being the source or origin: the mother church.
  4. Derived from or as if from one's mother; native: one's mother language.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
moth·ered, moth·er·ing, moth·ers
  1. To give birth to; create and produce.
  2. To watch over, nourish, and protect maternally.

ETYMOLOGY:
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


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