Pronunciation: (mu&thslash;'ur),[key] —n. 1. a female parent.
2. (often cap.) one's female parent.
3. a mother-in-law, stepmother, or adoptive mother.
4. a term of address for a female parent or a woman having or regarded as having the status, function, or authority of a female parent.
5. a term of familiar address for an old or elderly woman.
6. See mother superior. 7. a woman exercising control, influence, or authority like that of a mother: to be a mother to someone. 8. the qualities characteristic of a mother, as maternal affection: It is the mother in her showing itself. 9. something or someone that gives rise to or exercises protecting care over something else; origin or source.
10. (in disc recording) a mold from which stampers are made.
11. mother of all, the greatest or most notable example of: the mother of all mystery novels.
—adj. 1. being a mother: a mother bird. 2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a mother: mother love. 3. derived from or as if from one's mother; native: his mother culture. 4. bearing a relation like that of a mother, as in being the origin, source, or protector: the mother company and its affiliates; the mother computer and its network of terminals.
—v.t. 1. to be the mother of; give origin or rise to.
2. to acknowledge oneself the author of; assume as one's own.
3. to care for or protect like a mother; act maternally toward.
—v.i. to perform the tasks or duties of a female parent; act maternally: a woman with a need to mother.
Pronunciation: (mu&thslash;'ur),[key] —n. a stringy, mucilaginous substance consisting of various bacteria, esp. Mycoderma aceti, that forms on the surface of a fermenting liquid and causes fermentation when added to other liquids, as in changing wine or cider to vinegar. Also called mother of vinegar.
Pronunciation: (mu&thslash;'ur),[key] —n.Slang(vulgar).
2. a person or thing that is very large, powerful, or impressive.