Mothers are women who inhabit or perform the role of bearing some relation to their children, who may or may not be their biological offspring. Thus, dependent on the context, women can be considered mothers by virtue of having given birth, by raising their child(ren), supplying their ovum for fertilization, or some combination thereof. Such conditions provide a way of delineating the concept of motherhood, or the state of being a mother. Women who meet the third and first categories usually fall under the terms 'birth mother' or 'biological mother', regardless of whether the individual in question goes on to parent their child. Accordingly, a woman who meets only the second condition may be considered an adoptive mother, and those who meet only the third a surrogacy mother.
mother n. A female parent; especially, one of the human race; a woman who has borne a child.
mother n. That which has produced or nurtured anything; source of birth or origin; generatrix.
mother n. An old woman or matron.
mother n. The female superior or head of a religious house, as an abbess, etc.
mother n. Hysterical passion; hysteria.
mother a. Received by birth or from ancestors; native, natural; as, mother language; also acting the part, or having the place of a mother; producing others; originating.
mother v. t. To adopt as a son or daughter; to perform the duties of a mother to.
mother n. 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.
mother v. i. To become like, or full of, mother, or thick matter, as vinegar.
mother n. mom, female parent; woman who has given birth; woman acting as a mother or exercising mother-like authority; small British gun used in WWI (British Slang)
v. act as mother to, protect, nurture; give life to by birthing
adj. of a female parent; pertaining to or resembling the love of a mother