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Meaning of child by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Middle English, from Old English ċild ( “child, infant, youth of gentle birth” ), from Proto-Germanic *kildiz ( “child in the womb, fruit of the womb, child” ), from Proto-Indo-European *g( ' )elt- ( “womb” ). Cognate with Danish kuld ( “brood, litter” ), Swedish kull ( “brood, litter” ), Icelandic kelta, kjalta ( “lap” ), Gothic ������������ ( kilþei, “womb” ), Sanskrit ( jarta ), ( jártu, “vulva” ) .


    • enPR: chīld, IPA: /tʃaɪld/, X-SAMPA: /tSaIld/
    • Rhymes: -aɪld


    child ( plural children or ( dialectal ) childer )

    1. A daughter or son .
      Her child is in 1st grade .
      My youngest child is forty-three .
    2. A person who is below the age of adulthood; a minor ( person who is below the legal age of responsibility or accountability ) .
      Go easy on him: he is but a child .
    3. ( computing ) A data item, process or object which has a subservient or derivative role relative to another data item, process or object .
      The child node then stores the actual data of the parent node .



    See also

    • Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary ( accessed November 2007 ) .
    • American Heritage Dictionary, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company ( 2003 ) .

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Explanation of child by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a young person of either sex

    2. she writes books for children
    3. a human offspring ( son or daughter ) of any age

    4. they had three children
    5. an immature childish person

    6. he remained a child in practical matters as long as he lived
    7. a member of a clan or tribe

    8. the children of Israel

    Definition of child by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Child ( chīld ), n.; pl. Children ( chĭldrĕn ). [AS. cild, pl. cildru; cf. Goth. kilþei womb, in-kilþō with child.]
      1. A son or a daughter; a male or female descendant, in the first degree; the immediate progeny of human parents; -- in law, legitimate offspring. Used also of animals and plants.

      2. A descendant, however remote; -- used esp. in the plural; as, “the children of Israel; the children of Edom”.

      3. One who, by character of practice, shows signs of relationship to, or of the influence of, another; one closely connected with a place, occupation, character, etc.; as, “a child of God; a child of the devil; a child of disobedience; a child of toil; a child of the people”.

      4. A noble youth. See Childe. [Obs.] Chaucer.

      5. A young person of either sex. esp. one between infancy and youth; hence, one who exhibits the characteristics of a very young person, as innocence, obedience, trustfulness, limited understanding, etc.

      When I was child. I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1. Cor. xii. 11.

      6. A female infant. [Obs.]

      A boy or a child, I wonder? Shak.

      To be with child, to be pregnant. -- Child's play, light work; a trifling contest.

    2. Child, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Childed; p. pr. & vb. n. Childing.] To give birth; to produce young.

      This queen Genissa childing died. Warner.

      It chanced within two days they childed both. Latimer.