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fa·ther (fä(image placeholder)th(image placeholder)r)n.
- A man who begets or raises or nurtures a child.
- A male parent of an animal.
- A male ancestor.
- A man who creates, originates, or founds something: Chaucer is considered the father of English poetry.
- An early form; a prototype.
- An elderly or venerable man. Used as a title of respect.
- One of the leading men, as of a city: the town fathers.
- To procreate (offspring) as the male parent.
- To act or serve as a father to (a child).
- To create, found, or originate.
- To acknowledge responsibility for.
- To attribute the paternity, creation, or origin of.
- To assign falsely or unjustly; foist.
To act or serve as a father.
Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
moth·er (m(image placeholder)th(image placeholder)(image placeholder)r)n.
- A woman who conceives, gives birth to, or raises and nurtures a child.
- A female parent of an animal.
- A female ancestor.
- A woman who creates, originates, or founds something: “the discovery of radium, which made Marie Curie mother to the Atomic Age” (Alden Whitman).
- A creative source; an origin: Philosophy is the mother of the sciences.
- Used as a title for a woman respected for her wisdom and age.
- Maternal love and tenderness: brought out the mother in her.
- The biggest or most significant example of its kind: the mother of all battles.
- Vulgar Slang. Something considered extraordinary, as in disagreeableness, size, or intensity.
- Relating to or being mother.
- Characteristic of a mother: mother love.
- Derived from or as if from one's mother; native: one's mother language.
- To give birth to; create and produce.
- To watch over, nourish, and protect maternally.