Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
fostren, fr. AS.
fōstor, food, nourishment, fr.
fōdafood. √75. See
To feed; to nourish; to support; to bring up.
Some say that ravens
To cherish; to promote the growth of; to encourage; to sustain and promote;
To be nourished or trained up together.
fōstor, nourishment. See
Relating to nourishment; affording, receiving, or sharing nourishment or nurture; – applied to father, mother, child, brother, etc., to indicate that the person so called stands in the relation of parent, child, brother, etc., as regards sustenance and nurture, but not by tie of blood.
an infant or child nursed or raised by a woman not its mother, or bred by a man not its father.–
one who is, or has been, nursed at the same breast, or brought up by the same nurse as another, but is not of the same parentage.–
one who takes the place of a mother; a nurse.
earth by which a plant is nourished, though not its native soil.
a man who takes the place of a father in caring for a child.
Land allotted for the maintenance of any one.
One’s adopted country.–
læna loan See
remuneration fixed for the rearing of a foster child; also, the jointure of a wife.
a woman who takes a mother's place in the nurture and care of a child; a nurse.–
a nurse; a nourisher.
a foster mother or foster father.–
a male foster child.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To feed; to nourish; to support; to being up.
Some say that ravens foster forlorn children.
2.To cherish; to forward; to promote growth. The genial warmth of spring fosters the plants.
3.To cherish; to encourage; to sustain and promote; as, to foster passion or genius.