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Definitions of mother

  1. make children; " Abraham begot Isaac"; " Men often father children but don't recognize them"
  2. a woman who has given birth to a child ( also used as a term of address to your mother); " the mother of three children"
  3. care for like a mother; " She fusses over her husband"
  4. a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation; " necessity is the mother of invention"
  5. a term of address for an elderly woman
  6. a stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar
  7. A female parent; especially, one of the human race; a woman who has borne a child.
  8. That which has produced or nurtured anything; source of birth or origin; generatrix.
  9. An old woman or matron.
  10. The female superior or head of a religious house, as an abbess, etc.
  11. Hysterical passion; hysteria.
  12. 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.
  13. To adopt as a son or daughter; to perform the duties of a mother to.
  14. 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.
  15. To become like, or full of, mother, or thick matter, as vinegar.
  16. A female parent; one who has given birth to anything; origin or source; as, necessity is the mother of invention; the female superior of a religious house; a thick, slimy substance or film in liquids.
  17. To act as a mother to, or to adopt, as a son or daughter.
  18. Native; as, one's mother tongue; producing others.
  19. 1. The female parent. 2. Any cell or other structure from which other similar bodies are formed.
  20. A stringy sediment in vinegar, the fungus of acetous fermentation, Mycoderma aceti.
  21. A female parent, esp. of the human race: a matron: that which has produced anything.
  22. Received by birth, as it were from one's mother: natural: acting the part of a mother: originating.
  23. To adopt as a son or daughter.
  24. Dregs or sediment, as of vinegar.
  25. A female parent.
  26. To act as a mother toward.
  27. To form mother, as vinegar.
  28. Native; maternal.
  29. A stringy substance formed in fermenting vinegar; dregs.
  30. Mothery.
  31. Native; natural; received, as from one's mother; giving birth, as a mother.
  32. A female parent; a woman who has borne a child; a producer; a superior in a religious house.
  33. A thick slimy substance concreted in liquors.
  34. To adopt as a son or daughter. Mother Carey's chickens, stormy petrels.
  35. To concrete, as the thick matter of liquors.
  36. A woman that has borne offspring; a female parent; that which has produced anything; that which is oldest and chief; a familiar term of address to an elderly woman; the dregs from certain liquids, as vinegar.
  37. Native; natural; received from parents or ancestors.
  38. To adopt or ascribe to, as a son or daughter.
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Usage examples for mother

  1. Come over and tell my mother about it! – A Prairie Infanta by Eva Wilder Brodhead
  2. Of course there was his mother ... – Home Fires in France by Dorothy Canfield
  3. Well, I should think Mother would! – The Story Of Julia Page Works of Kathleen Norris, Volume V. by Kathleen Norris
  4. What about your mother? – The Whirligig of Time by Wayland Wells Williams
  5. " Go to your mother, Mr. Mowbray. – The Vicar of Wrexhill by Mrs [Frances] Trollope
  6. Not all men, mother, not all men! – In the Border Country by Josephine Daskam Bacon
  7. I take this and leave the rest to you and Mother Senneville. – Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories by Henry Seton Merriman
  8. Oh, then your mother is not to know? – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  9. Did not your mother tell you of him? – The Virgin of the Sun by H. R. Haggard
  10. Of course she told her mother, and of course her mother told her father. – The Claverings by Anthony Trollope
  11. " What can I get for mother? – Spinning-Wheel Stories by Louisa May Alcott
  12. What shall we have, Mother? – Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield
  13. I am only here to see father and mother. – Raiding with Morgan by Byron A. Dunn
  14. You remember his mother very well? – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  15. You know all that, mother. – Country Neighbors by Alice Brown
  16. No, she didn't, mother. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  17. The poor mother had thought of it, of course, What could she say? – Quiet Talks on Service by S. D. Gordon
  18. When can we go, Mother? – Six Little Bunkers at Uncle Fred's by Laura Lee Hope
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