Definition of mother in English:
- In eight of these cities, more than 60% of births were to unwed mothers.
- The average age of mothers who gave birth in 2000 was 30.
- To prove this she interviewed mothers who had given birth prematurely and discovered that a high proportion of them had suffered stress events in pregnancy.
- Females stay with their mothers, forming a group of related animals that co-operate to bring up and feed the latest litters of cubs.
- Orangutan offspring stay with their mothers until they're seven or eight years old, but orangutans are on the lower end of the sociability scale among great apes.
- Cub aggression, however, is not necessarily higher among offspring of high-ranking mothers, the study says.
- Sr. Elizabeth Ann Eckert is the new reverend mother of the Anglican Sisterhood of St. John the Divine, succeeding Sr. Constance Joanna Gefvert.
- Mother Aquinas faced the decision with great courage and tact.
- In general, it is given the task of filling market niches in which the mother company does not compete.
- He argues that there is only one mother church, which is the Catholic church, so it is terminologically incorrect to call say the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches sister churches as it places them on a level of equality.
- Perhaps, the cricket coaches and psychologists should speak to them about how to motivate the team to win the mother of all cricketing contests.
- I look around to see, watching me, two glass bead eyes stitched onto the mother of all big handbags.
- Next, the restaurant lays out the mother of all meals, a Royal Thai degustation feast.
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- With a husband fighting in the war, likely to die at any moment, and a farm of wounded, vulgar soldiers, mothering a child would not be an easy task.
- One child, abandoned years earlier at hospital by his mother, has attached himself to Nancy, who mothers the orphan, discipline and all.
- Topics include mothering, fathering, marriages, family group processes, sibling relations, and families.
- What's more, the judge seems surely, perhaps instinctively, to be protecting him - mothering him.
- Fluent in five languages, highly informed and a stickler for precise dates and details, she is equally at ease mothering me with biscuits, stuffing plant cuttings into my hands or scolding me for my dismal grasp of the Czech language.
- She dominated the compartment and decided to wield her power over me as well, mocking my stuttering Hindi and mothering me by forcing me to eat.
English mother, Dutch moeder, and German Mutter share their ancient ancestor with Latin mater (source of madrigal (late 16th century), maternal (Late Middle English), matriarch (late 16th century), matrimony (Late Middle English), matrix (Late Middle English), and matter (Middle English) the last two containing the idea of something from which something is made or born). The root probably came from the use of the sound ma made by babies, identified by mothers as a reference to themselves. The British expression some mothers do 'ave 'em, commenting on a person's clumsy or foolish behaviour, was apparently originally a Lancashire saying. The comic Jimmy Clitheroe popularized it, as ‘don't some mothers 'ave 'em, in his BBC radio programme The Clitheroe Kid, which ran from 1958 to 1972. The phrase gained further currency as the title of a 1970s BBC television comedy series Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, in which Michael Crawford starred as the clumsy, accident-prone Frank Spencer. The former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is remembered as having promised the mother of all battles on the eve of the first Gulf War. On 7 January 1991 The Times reported that he had no intention of relinquishing Kuwait and was ready for the ‘mother of all wars’. The proverb necessity is the mother of invention is first recorded in 1658, in Northern Memoirs by R. Franck: ‘Art imitates Nature, and Necessity is the Mother of Invention.’ The idea can be traced back further to classical times, to the Roman satirist Persius, who stated that ‘The belly is the teacher of art and giver of wit’.
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- In a grim industrial town, young, motherless Billy eschews the boxing lessons that his macho dad intends for him, taking dance classes, instead.
- Ninety five years later Eileen still remembered walking into a lamp post in Wellington - a little motherless girl uprooted from home and too saddened to watch where she was going.
- Divorced when their daughter Emma was nine months old, she developed a serious drink problem before the very real threat of leaving her daughter motherless forced her to reconsider.
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- Her motherlessness plays no small role in this; her obstinate self-sufficiency evidently compensates for her father's meekness and her mother's absence.
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- ‘Kerry?’ the tone of her voice sounded mother-like.’
- She becomes, in relation to Nigel, a mother-like figure.
- She could easily fake a very mother-like voice, and was always appointed with the job of calling their school and reporting their absences.
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