Webster 1913 Edition
A female parent; especially, one of the human race; a woman who has borne a child.
That which has produced or nurtured anything; source of birth or origin; generatrix.
Alas! poor country! . . . it can not
Be called our
Be called our
mother, but our grave.
I behold . . . the solitary majesty of Crete,
motherof a religion, it is said, that lived two thousand years.
An old woman or matron.
The female superior or head of a religious house, as an abbess, etc.
Hysterical passion; hysteria.
Mother Carey’s chicken
any one of several species of small petrels, as the stormy petrel (–
Procellaria pelagica), and Leach's petrel (
Oceanodroma leucorhoa), both of the Atlantic, and
Oceanodroma furcataof the North Pacific.
Mother Carey's goose
the giant fulmar of the Pacific. See–
a congenital mark upon the body; a birthmark; a naevus.
Received by birth or from ancestors; native, natural;
as,; also acting the part, or having the place of a mother; producing others; originating.
It is the
motherfalsehood from which all idolatry is derived.
a cell which, by endogenous divisions, gives rise to other cells (daughter cells); a parent cell.–
the original church; a church from which other churches have sprung;–
mother churchof a diocese
the country of one's parents or ancestors; the country from which the people of a colony derive their origin.–
the impure or complex residual solution which remains after the salts readily or regularly crystallizing have been removed.–
the mother of a reigning sovereign; a queen mother.–
A language from which another language has had its origin.
The language of one's native land; native tongue.–
natural or native wit or intelligence.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To adopt as a son or daughter; to perform the duties of a mother to.
The queen, to have put lady Elizabeth besides the crown, would have
motheredanother body's child.
[Akin to D.
modermold, mud, Dan.
muddermud, and to E.
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.
☞ The film is composed of a mass of rapidly developing microorganisms of the genus
Mycoderma, and in the
mother of vinegarthe microorganisms (
Mycoderma aceti) composing the film are the active agents in the Conversion of the alcohol into vinegar. When thickened by growth, the film may settle to the bottom of the fluid. See
Acetous fermentation, under
To become like, or full of, mother, or thick matter, as vinegar.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A female parent; especially, one of the human race; a woman who has borne a child; correlative to son or daughter.
2.That which has produced any thing.
Alas, poor country! it cannot
Be called our mother, but our grave.
So our native land is called mother country, and a plant from which a slip or cion is taken, is called the mother plant. In this use, mother may be considered as an adjective.
3.That which has preceded in time; the oldest or chief of any thing; as a mother-church.
4.Hysterical passion. [Not used.]
5.A familiar term of address or appellation of an old woman or matron.
6.An appellation given to a woman who exercises care and tenderness towards another, or gives parental advice; as when one says,' a woman has been a mother to me.'
7.A thick slimy substance concreted in liquors, particularly in vinegar, very different from scum or common lees.
1.Native; vernacular; received from parents or ancestors; as mother-tongue.