- moth|er1 «MUHTH uhr», noun, verb, adjective.–n.1. a woman who has given birth to a child: »
The mother and father were very proud of their new baby.2. a female parent: »
The puppies have lost their mother.3. Figurative. the cause or source of anything: »
Necessity is the mother of invention. France, the mother of ideas (Walter Besant).4. Figurative. the largest and most perfect example: archetype: »
Charging that the prosecution had “a game plan, a party line,” Mr. Cook described the entire investigation as “the mother of all cover-ups” (New York Times).5. the head of a large community of religious women; mother superior.6. a woman exercising control and responsibility like that of a mother.7. a familiar name for an old woman.8. a female ancestor.9. the qualities characteristic of a mother; maternal affection: »
... the mother in her soul awakes (Alexander Pope).10. Archaic. hysteria: »
She is…much subject to fits of the mother (Tobias Smollett).–v.t.1. to take care of; be mother of; act as mother to: »
She mothers her baby sister.2. to acknowledge oneself mother of or assume as one's own.3. to give birth to; produce as a mother: »
Figurative. The floods were mothered by another hurricane (Time).–adj.1. that is a mother: »
a mother bear.2. like a mother; that bears or produces others: »
a mother vein from which many ores are derived, the mother cathedral of England, a mother nucleus.3. of a mother: »
mother love, mother pain.4. Figurative. native: »
English is our mother tongue. The poet, Robert Frost, was a product of his New England mother culture.5. that carries another or others: »
a mother craft.╂[alteration of Old English mōdor. Compare etym. under father.]moth|er2 «MUHTH uhr», noun.a stringy, sticky substance formed in vinegar or on the surface of liquids that are turning to vinegar; mother of vinegar. Mother consists of bacteria. Sometimes mother is added to liquids to cause them to turn to vinegar.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.