child

Definitions

  • A child collecting flowers together
    A child collecting flowers together
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n child a young person of either sex "she writes books for children","they're just kids","`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
    • n child a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age "they had three children","they were able to send their kids to college"
    • n child an immature childish person "he remained a child in practical matters as long as he lived","stop being a baby!"
    • n child a member of a clan or tribe "the children of Israel"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Erl-King reaches out for the rider and his child The Erl-King reaches out for the rider and his child
Child's High Chair and Cot Child's High Chair and Cot
Paper Mother and Child Paper Mother and Child
The Child Finds the Feather Dress The Child Finds the Feather Dress
AN ONLY CHILD'S TEA-PARTY AN ONLY CHILD'S TEA-PARTY
THE MOON-CHILD MUST KEEP ON RUNNING ROUND HER. P. 11 THE MOON-CHILD MUST KEEP ON RUNNING ROUND HER. P. 11
child eating pudding child eating pudding
child with rusty nail injury child with rusty nail injury

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No president of the United States was an only child
    • Child A descendant, however remote; -- used esp. in the plural; as, the children of Israel; the children of Edom.
    • Child A female infant. "A boy or a child , I wonder?"
    • Child A noble youth. See Childe.
    • Child 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.
    • Child 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."
    • Child 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.
    • v. i Child To give birth; to produce young. "This queen Genissa childing died.""It chanced within two days they childed both."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Children spend more time learning about life through media than any other manner. The average child spends approximately 28 hours a week watching television, which is twice as much time as they spend in school.
    • n child A male or female descendant in the first degree; the immediate progeny of human parents; a son or daughter: used in direct reference to the parentage of the person spoken of, without regard to sex.
    • n child A descendant more remote than the first degree; a descendant, however remote: as, the children of Israel.
    • n child plural The inhabitants of a country: as, “the children of Seir,” 2 Chron. xxv. 11.
    • n child Specifically, a very young person; one not old enough to dispense with maternal aid and care. See childhood.
    • n child Figuratively, a childish man or woman; one who resembles a child in lack of knowledge, experience, or judgment.
    • n child In general, anything regarded as the offspring or product of something which is specified; product; result: as, disease is the child of intemperance; children of darkness.
    • n child A girl.
    • n child In old and poetical usage, a noble youth; a youth, especially one of high birth, before he was advanced to the honor of knighthood; a squire: also applied to a knight.
    • n child A person in general.
    • n child More especially, an illegitimate child; one who is actually the child but not the lawful issue of the suggested parent.
    • n child Synonyms plural Offspring, issue, progeny.
    • child To produce children; brinig forth offspring.
    • child To bring forth as a child.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1386, a pig was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child
    • n Child chīld an infant or very young person:
    • Child sometimes Childe and Chylde:
    • n Child chīld (Shak.) a female infant: one intimately related to one older: expressing origin or relation, e.g. child of the East, child of shame, child of God, &c.: a disciple: a youth of gentle birth, esp. in ballads, &c
    • Child (pl.) offspring: descendants: inhabitants:—pl. Chil′dren
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Quotations

  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
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    “To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.”
  • Sir Richard Steele
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    “That man never grows old who keeps a child in his heart.”
  • Gaston Bachelard
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    “Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child's world and thus a world event.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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    “But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath!”
  • E.E. (Edward. E.) Cummings
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    “It takes three to make a child.”
  • Madame Marie Curie
    Madame Marie Curie
    “All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.”

Idioms

Child's play - If something is child's play, it is very easy and simple.
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It takes a village to raise a child - It takes many people to teach a child all that he or she should know.
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Spare the rod and spoil the child - This means that if you don't discipline children, they will become spoilt.
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With child - (UK) If a woman's with child, she's pregnant.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. cild, pl. cildru,; cf. Goth. kilþei, womb, in-kilþō, with child

Usage

In literature:

If I know Crystal, her heart has belonged to you from a child.
"Wee Wifie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
She was a child, a mere child.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Her child, her child, the one transcendent, gripping theme of joy and fear.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
My dear child, no gentleman would have done anything of the kind.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
Oh, what a child, what a child!
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
The child followed it all, as a child will, in its pretty way.
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
For the child woke up to a new life, and became what a child should be.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
On the side containing the seat the height of the child seated is measured, on the other side the child's full stature.
"Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook" by Maria Montessori
The management of the child when ill is difficult or easy in exact proportion to whether it has been ill or well managed when in health.
"The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases" by Charles West, M.D.
It was to him a very glory of glories that his child should be in the way of becoming the Marchioness of Brotherton.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
She might be Tante's child and Tante's home might be hers; yet a child could gain its own bread, could it not?
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Child-bearing's no disease, man!
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
At sight of the child she rose hastily, and walked to the window.
"Daddy's Girl" by L. T. Meade
As nothing is more ridiculous than a haughty child, so nothing is more pitiable than a cowardly child.
"Émile" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Child, child, you kill me: you will not understand.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She had accepted this with all the composure of a child ever since she was a child.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
Child, my child, pray for me.
"Absolution" by Clara Viebig
Or a child's voice, the voice of quite a small child?
"The Son of His Mother" by Clara Viebig
He could not imagine that, at this very moment, the child of this man was speaking to his own child.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
She is our last child; if she were only well provided for!
"Edelweiss" by Berthold Auerbach
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In poetry:

FARDORROUGHA
What child is this?
AISLINN
Aislinn is my name.
"The Miracle Of The Corn" by Padraic Colum
Ere sleep has fled,
The whole child glows
One sweet live red
Rose.
"Babyhood" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The town's unchanged
Since child I trod it;
The wind sends hither
The snarling sea-hounds.
"Bergliot" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Julian.
God will hear you, child,
If you will speak to him. But I must go.
Kiss me, my Lilia.
"Within and Without: Part III: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
A child,
Curious and innocent,
Slips from his Nurse, and rejoicing
Loses himself in the Fair.
"A Child" by William Ernest Henley
SHEILA
Look at Aislinn:
Would you not let it all go with the wind
To have a child like Aislinn?
"The Miracle Of The Corn" by Padraic Colum

In news:

Ian McCullough was convicted of two counts of Class A felony child molesting and one court of Class C felony child molesting.
"Not being properly belted in can be the difference between a child having no injuries and a child, frankly, having very severe injuries," said NHTSA administrator David Strickland.
Prior to the Internet, parents would simply coach their child not to talk to strangers, in an attempt to keep them from child predators.
Your child could take the project further and interview grandparents, aunts and uncles to learn more about different family members' experiences growing up — your child may be surprised at how different life as a kid was for a grandparent.
The Department of Child Services The Department of Child Services is facing scrutiny after they failed to follow legal procedures in reporting child information.
Locally the Child Advocacy Center deals with child abuse and neglect cases.
ATLANTA — Two child protection workers in western Georgia were arrested Wednesday and accused of tampering with child abuse reports so their agency could keep millions of dollars in federal funding, authorities said.
When is a child no longer a child.
James Darnell Wilks, 19, was charged Tuesday with child abuse by injury and child neglect.
BOISE, Idaho — A former Meridian Middle School counselor suspected of being part of an online group that produced and traded child pornography has denied 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
Progressive Rash on Child's Leg and Groin: Child Abuse—Or Mimic .
A Brentwood man pleaded guilty Tuesday to one felony charge of possessing child pornography and a misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child in August 2009.
The child's mother, 23-year-old Kendra Johnson, and the child came with him.
The psychological abuse of a child can have negative consequences for the child's mental health, future relationships and sense of self-worth.
41-year-old, Kenneth Washington has been charged with child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purpose in Moultrie, Thursday.
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In science:

The + sign denotes a right child, whereas the - sign denotes a left child (regardless of whether the child is visually typeset to the left or right of its parent).
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
For example, we hope to add a facility to pass semantic “features” from a parent to a child, and an interface with a morphological database, which will more properly deal with phenomena such as agreement and inflection.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
The child randomly inherits the am and ad values from one of the parents, independently.
Applications and Sexual Version of a Simple Model for Biological Ageing
Definition 5.21 A seed s is a child of a seed s′ if R(s) is embedded in R(s′ ). A seed is a proper seed if it is the child of only itself.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
In string trees, a node can have a regular set of child trees.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
The strategy 3 (s) applies the argument strategy s to exactly one child of the given term.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
The selection of the child is non-deterministic but constrained by the success-and-failure behaviour of s.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
The strategy ♯ (s) processes one child via s.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
The selection of the child is non-deterministic but constrained by the success-and-failure behaviour of s as in the case of the type-preserving 3 (s).
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
They all have in common that they resort to the selection combinator ♯ (·) to determine a suitable child.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
The kind of deep matching we need is provided by the combinator ANY which non-deterministically looks for a child where NAT succeeds.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
The semantics is non-deterministic as for choice of the child.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
One could also think of a different semantics where the children are tried from left to right or vice versa until one child is processed successfully.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Dually, 2(s) fails if s fails for some child (cf. [all− ]).
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
For the sake of subject reduction (say, type-safe strategy application), the semantics of 2(s) had to ensure that every child at hand is of type τ before it even attempts to apply s to it.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
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