from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The nurturing and raising of a child or children by a mother: "Because they are involved in careers and mothering, many women lead exhausting lives” ( David E. Bloom).
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- v. Present participle of mother.
- n. The nurturing of a child by its mother
- n. The protective behaviour of a mother towards her child
- n. Nurturing or protective behaviour reminiscent of that performed by a literal mother
- n. Shortened form of a-mothering (obsolete); practice of visiting one's literal or figurative mother or mother church (compare Mothering Sunday)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rural custom in England, of visiting one's parents on Midlent Sunday, -- supposed to have been originally visiting the mother church to make offerings at the high altar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rural custom of visiting one's parents and giving them presents on Mid-Lent Sunday: supposed to be derived from the custom in former times of visiting the mother church on that day. Also called midlenting.
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