moth|er

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.
[perhaps special use of mother1, or perhaps < Middle Dutch moeder, or moder]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Moth — Moth, n.; pl. {Moths} (m[o^]thz). [OE. mothe, AS. mo[eth][eth]e; akin to D. mot, G. motte, Icel. motti, and prob. to E. mad an earthworm. Cf. {Mad}, n., {Mawk}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any nocturnal lepidopterous insect, or any not included among the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Moth — ist der Name von Sophie Amalie Moth (1654−1719), Mätresse des dänisch norwegischen König Christian V. Franz Xaver Moth (1802 1879), böhmischer Mathematiker. Siehe auch: International Moth Class Diese Seite ist eine …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • MOTH — (Heb. עָשׁ, ash and סָס, sas; AV, JPS – worm ), insect said to eat and destroy clothes (Isa. 51:8; cf. 50:9; Job 13:28). The word ash is also used as a synonym for disintegration and   destruction (Hos. 5:12; Ps. 39:12). These names refer to the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • moth — [ mɔθ ] noun count a flying insect like a BUTTERFLY that flies mostly at night. The young form of some types of moth eat cloth: Protect your rug from damage by moths. like a moth to a candle flame used for emphasizing how much someone is… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • moth — [môth] n. pl. moths [môthz, môths] [ME motthe < OE moththe, akin to Ger motte < IE base * math , gnawing vermin] 1. any of various families of chiefly night flying lepidopteran insects, similar to the butterflies but generally smaller, less …   English World dictionary

  • Moth — (m[o^]th), n. A mote. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moth — (n.) O.E. moððe (Northumbrian mohðe), common Germanic (Cf. O.N. motti, M.Du. motte, Du. mot, Ger. Motte moth ), perhaps related to O.E. maða maggot, or from the root of MIDGE (Cf. midge) (q.v.). Until 16c. used mostly of the larva and usually in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • moth|er-to-be — «MUHTH uhr tu BEE», noun, plural moth|ers to be. an expectant mother …   Useful english dictionary

  • moth — [mɔθ US mo:θ] n [: Old English; Origin: moththe] an insect related to the ↑butterfly that flies mainly at night and is attracted to lights. Some moths eat holes in cloth …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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