from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Pater, Walter Horatio 1839-1894. British writer remembered for his volumes of criticism, including Appreciations (1889).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Father: used in certain compound words: as, paterfamilias, paternoster, etc.; also, colloquially, among schoolboys, as a term of address or mention, like mater.
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- n. an informal use of the Latin word for father; sometimes used by British schoolboys or used facetiously
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It is nevertheless fair to observe that the rhetorical emphasis falls, in Pater and Sand as in
By reducing incongruent mythologies to "the sound of lyres and flutes," she strips away the vectors of causality and change that would otherwise be implicit in Pater's catalogue, replacing them with the sort of non-linear synthesis embodied in weary and delicately-tinged eyelids.
The two essential features are the head and the snakes, and in Pater's final, striking portrait of their relation to each other we see the struggle between the dark, animal, "Chthonic" forces  (the snakes) and the cool, smooth stone of the Apollonian head.
Medusa nor La Gioconda possesses the intellectual aggressiveness of Shelley's key symbols -- if in Pater corruption and death are not mere appearances, but realities as strong as beauty and life -- his images do not reflect the sort of moral enervation Praz constantly asserts of them.
Tooke at the Middle-Temple-Gate, William Taylor in Pater-Noster-Row, and James Round, in Exchange-Alley, Cornhil, 1713.
Hence it was then most commonly known as the Pater noster.
He told us, that an Italian of some note in London said once to him, 'We have in our service a prayer called the Pater Noster, which is a very fine composition.
I have closely examined these passages; what they do prove is simply that many deities were called Pater and Mater.
They struck medals for him, in which he was described as Pater Patriae, an epithet which Cicero had once with quickened pulse heard given to himself by Pompey.
"They are called the Pater Nosters, because strangers are apt to say their Pater Nosters when they happen to find themselves among them in bad weather," he answered.