[mey-ter] /ˈmeɪ tər/
noun, plural maters, matres
[mey-treez] /ˈmeɪ triz/ (Show IPA)
British Informal. 1 .
the backing holding the movable parts of an astrolabe.
[mah-ter doh-loh-roh-sah; English mey-ter doh-luh-roh-suh] /ˈmɑ tɛr ˌdoʊ loʊˈroʊ sɑ; English ˈmeɪ tər ˌdoʊ ləˈroʊ sə/
the sorrowful mother.
(initial capital letters) the mother of Christ sorrowing for her son.
(Brit, public school slang, often facetious) a word for mother1
the Virgin Mary sorrowing for the dead Christ, esp as depicted in art
[mey-ter-fuh-mil-ee-uh s] /ˌmeɪ tər fəˈmɪl i əs/ noun 1. the mother of a family. /ˌmeɪtəfəˈmɪlɪˌæs/ noun (pl) matresfamilias (ˌmeɪtreɪzfəˈmɪlɪˌæs) 1. the mother of a family or the female head of a family
- Materia alba
materia alba ma·te·ri·a al·ba (mə-tēr’ē-ə āl’bə) n. A white cheeselike accumulation of food debris, microorganisms, desquamated epithelial cells, and blood cells deposited around the teeth at the gumline.
[muh-teer-ee-uh l] /məˈtɪər i əl/ noun 1. the substance or substances of which a thing is made or composed: Stone is a durable material. 2. anything that serves as crude or raw matter to be used or developed: Wood pulp is the raw material from which paper is made. 3. any constituent element. 4. a […]
noun, Aristotelianism. 1. See under (def 8b). [kawz] /kɔz/ noun 1. a person or thing that acts, happens, or exists in such a way that some specific thing happens as a result; the producer of an effect: You have been the cause of much anxiety. What was the cause of the accident? 2. the reason […]