Associations to the word «Mother»


MOTHER, noun. A (human) female who (a) parents a child (b) gives birth to a baby (c) donates a fertilized egg or (d) donates a body cell which has resulted in a clone. Sometimes used in reference to a pregnant female, possibly as a shortened form of mother-to-be.
MOTHER, noun. A female parent of an animal.
MOTHER, noun. (figuratively) A female ancestor.
MOTHER, noun. (figuratively) A source or origin.
MOTHER, noun. (when followed by a surname) A title of respect for one's mother-in-law.
MOTHER, noun. (figuratively) Any elderly woman, especially within a particular community.
MOTHER, noun. (figuratively) Any person or entity which performs mothering.
MOTHER, noun. 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.
MOTHER, noun. The principal piece of an astrolabe, into which the others are fixed.
MOTHER, noun. The female superior or head of a religious house; an abbess, etc.
MOTHER, noun. (obsolete) Hysterical passion; hysteria.
MOTHER, verb. (transitive) To treat as a mother would be expected to treat her child; to nurture.
MOTHER, noun. Something that is the greatest or most significant of its kind.
MOTHER, noun. (euphemistic) (coarse) (slang) Motherfucker.
MOTHER, noun. (euphemistic) (colloquial) A striking example.
MOTHER, noun. (nonstandard) A cat that catches moths.
MOTHER, proper noun. One's mother.
MOTHER, proper noun. A title given to a nun or a priestess.
MOTHER, proper noun. (Wicca) One of the triune goddesses of the Lady in Wicca alongside the Crone and Maiden and representing a woman older than a girlish Maiden but younger than an aged Crone.
MOTHER ABSCESS, noun. (pathology) A primary abscess responsible for secondary abscesses.
MOTHER CAREY'S CHICKEN, noun. The storm petrel.
MOTHER CAREY'S GOOSE, noun. The giant fulmar of the Pacific.
MOTHER CHURCH, noun. (obsolete) A place in where the beliefs and ideas in regards to religion of a person or group of people are nourished and/or protected .
MOTHER CITY, proper noun. Cape Town
MOTHER COUNTRY, noun. The country in which a person (or group of people) was born; motherland, homeland
MOTHER EARTH, noun. The personification of Earth and its biosphere; Mother Nature. Based upon either goddesses of the earth and nature, Gaia, Rhea &/or Demeter.
MOTHER EARTH, noun. (mythology) The goddess of earth in various cultures.
MOTHER FUCKER, noun. Alternative form of motherfucker
MOTHER FUCKERS, noun. Plural of mother fucker
MOTHER GODDESS, noun. A goddess, often portrayed as the Earth Mother, who serves as a general fertility deity, the bountiful embodiment of the earth.
MOTHER HEN, noun. (literally) A female chicken who bears eggs or chicks.
MOTHER HEN, noun. (idiomatic) An outspoken and overprotective woman dealing with others' affairs.
MOTHER HENS, noun. Plural of mother hen
MOTHER HIVE, noun. Alternative form of mother-hive
MOTHER HUBBARD, noun. (fashion) A long, wide, loose-fitting gown with long sleeves and a high neck, introduced by missionaries in Polynesia; Originally austere, later transformed into lighter and more colorful forms.
MOTHER LANGUAGE, noun. Mother tongue
MOTHER LANGUAGES, noun. Plural of mother language
MOTHER LIQUOR, noun. (chemistry) The solution remaining after a product has been removed by crystallization etc.
MOTHER LOAD, noun. Misspelling of mother lode.
MOTHER LODE, noun. (geology) A large or rich vein of gold or of another precious mineral from which other branches extend.
MOTHER LODE, noun. (idiomatic) (by extension) Any source of valuable or useful material.
MOTHER LODES, noun. Plural of mother lode
MOTHER NAKED, adjective. (archaic) Alternative form of mother-naked
MOTHER NATURE, proper noun. A personification of nature as woman, stressing fertility and fecundity. Based upon either goddesses of the earth and nature, Gaia, Rhea &/or Demeter.
MOTHER OF CHAPEL, noun. The female chair (chairman, chairperson) or the female senior shop steward of a trade union chapel (branch) in UK printing and journalism.
MOTHER OF COAL, noun. (mining) mineral coal
MOTHER OF GOD, noun. (christianity) The Virgin Mary, as mother of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe to be God.
MOTHER OF GOD, interjection. Said in shock, dismay, or supplication.
MOTHER OF THOUSANDS, noun. Bryophyllum delagoense, a succulent plant native to Madagascar.
MOTHER RUSSIA, proper noun. A national personification of Russia, appearing in patriotic posters, statues, etc.
MOTHER SAUCE, noun. A basic sauce from which many further sauces can be derived by making minor changes or additions to the ingredients.
MOTHER SAUCES, noun. Plural of mother sauce
MOTHER SHIP, noun. A vessel or aircraft that serves or carries a smaller vessel or vessels that operate independently from it.
MOTHER SHIPS, noun. Plural of mother ship
MOTHER SUPERIOR, noun. A nun in charge of a priory or convent; either a prioress or an abbess
MOTHER SUPERIOR, noun. The head of a convent; an abbess
MOTHER SUPERIORS, noun. Plural of Mother Superior
MOTHER TERESA, proper noun. A nun who worked among the poor for many decades in India.
MOTHER TERESA, noun. A person who is completely unselfish to the point of being saintly.
MOTHER THERESA, proper noun. Misspelling of Mother Teresa.
MOTHER TONGUE, noun. The language one first learned; the language one grew up with; one's native language.
MOTHER TONGUE, noun. The language spoken by one’s ancestors.
MOTHER TONGUES, noun. Plural of mother tongue
MOTHER WIT, noun. Inborn intelligence; innate good sense. [from 15th c.]

Dictionary definition

MOTHER, 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".
MOTHER, noun. A stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar.
MOTHER, noun. A term of address for an elderly woman.
MOTHER, noun. A term of address for a mother superior.
MOTHER, noun. A condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation; "necessity is the mother of invention".
MOTHER, verb. Care for like a mother; "She fusses over her husband".
MOTHER, verb. Make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them".

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