mater

[mey-ter]
noun, plural maters, matres [mey-treez] .
1.
British Informal. mother1.
2.
the backing holding the movable parts of an astrolabe.

Origin:
1585–95; < Latin māter

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mater dolorosa

[mah-ter doh-loh-roh-sah; English mey-ter doh-luh-roh-suh]
Latin.
1.
the sorrowful mother.
2.
(initial capital letters) the mother of Christ sorrowing for her son.
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mater (ˈmeɪtə)
 
n
public school slang, facetious often (Brit) a word for mother
 
[C16: from Latin]

mater dolorosa (ˈmɑːtə ˌdɒləˈrəʊsə)
 
n
the Virgin Mary sorrowing for the dead Christ, esp as depicted in art
 
[Latin: sorrowful mother]

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It still releases emissions into the atmosphere no mater how small they may be.
No other life is worth living no mater how long your violent technology can
  extend life.
As space continues to expand and cool the vibrations become fewer resulting in
  less mater.
The white mater is myelinated which greatly accelerates the messages.
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