• WordNet 3.6
    • n infant a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk "the baby began to cry again","she held the baby in her arms","it sounds simple, but when you have your own baby it is all so different"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Infants spend more time dreaming than adults do
    • Infant A child in the first period of life, beginning at his birth; a young babe; sometimes, a child several years of age. "And tender cries of infants pierce the ear."
    • Infant (Law) A person who is not of full age, or who has not attained the age of legal capacity; a person under the age of twenty-one years; a minor.
    • Infant Intended for young children; as, an infant school.
    • Infant Of or pertaining to infancy, or the first period of life; tender; not mature; as, infant strength.
    • Infant Same as Infante.
    • v. t Infant To bear or bring forth, as a child; hence, to produce, in general. "This worthy motto, “No bishop, no king,” is . . . infanted out of the same fears."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The longer white infants from low-income families are breast-fed, the less likely they will be overweight as young children, researchers said on Monday
    • n infant child during the earliest period of its life; a young child. See infancy.
    • n infant In law, a person who is not of full age; specifically (in Great Britain, the United States, etc.), one who has not attained the age of twenty-one years. Technically, by an application of the old rule that the law does not regard fractions of a day, it has been settled that a person becomes of age at the beginning of the last day of the twenty-first year. See age, n., 3.
    • n infant A noble youth. See child, n., 8.
    • infant Of, pertaining to, characterized by, or characteristic of infancy; hence, tender; infantile; incipient: as, infant beauty; infant fortunes.
    • infant Of or pertaining to the legal state of infancy; minor.
    • infant Figuratively, not yet fully grown; still in an early stage of development or growth: as, infant colonies; an infant bud.
    • infant To bring forth as an infant; hence, to give origin or rise to.
    • n infant A royal prince or princess of Spain or Portugal: as, the Infant Don Philip: not necessarily the heir to the throne. See infante, infanta.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Infant beavers are called kittens.
    • n Infant in′fant a babe:
    • adj Infant belonging to infants or to infancy: tender: intended for infants
    • v.t Infant (obs.) to have as an infant: to give rise to
    • n Infant in′fant (Eng. law) a person under twenty-one years of age
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  • Thomas Traherne
    “Is it not strange, that an infant should be heir of the whole world, and see those mysteries which the books of the learned never unfold?”
  • Leigh Hunt
    “Those who have lost an infant are never, in a way, without an infant.”
  • Robert Moses
    Robert Moses
    “He continued to be an infant long after he ceased to be a prodigy.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.”
  • Denis Diderot
    “The infant runs toward it with its eyes closed, the adult is stationary, the old man approaches it with his back turned.”
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti
    Dante Gabriel Rossetti
    “Was it a friend or foe that spread these lies? Nay, who but infants question in such wise, 'twas one of my most intimate enemies.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. infans,; pref. in-, not + fari, to speak: cf. F. enfant, whence OE. enfaunt,. See Fame, and cf. Infante Infanta
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. infans, -antisin, not, fans, pr.p. of fāri, to speak; Gr. phēmi.


In literature:

Causes of Infant Mortality.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Marriage is usually infant, and the ceremony lasts for five days.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
The mothers are persuaded to suckle their infants if possible, and if their own health permits.
"The Task of Social Hygiene" by Havelock Ellis
Madonna with Infant John and his Parents.
"The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
This is the chief lesson which his infant state has to teach to man.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
From the very early age of three this Bulgarian infant may begin to go to school.
"Bulgaria" by Frank Fox
Seen in this light, infant mortality and the cruel wastage of disease were viewed with complacence.
"The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice" by Stephen Leacock
The crying of the child resembles that of an infant undergoing baptism.
"History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present" by Peter Charles Remondino
The blow was in reality far heavier than it appeared on the surface, and to the infant Church of the Lollards the loss was irreparable.
"The White Rose of Langley" by Emily Sarah Holt
Left alone immediately after infant's birth.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe

In poetry:

"I have a virtuous wife at home,
A wife and infant son;
I leave them to my country's care,—
This field shall soon be won.
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott
Sweet is the infant's waking smile,
And sweet the old man's rest -
But middle age by no fond wile,
No soothing calm is blest.
"St. Philip And St. James" by John Keble
Yes,— I can fancy, in the spring
Of childhood's sunny hours,
That Nature's infant Priest and King
Loved to gaze on flowers;
"Infant Christ, With Flowers" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Who can thy unborn meaning scan?
Can Seer or Sibyl read thee now?
No,--seek to trace the fate of man
Writ on his infant brow.
"To A Blank Sheet Of Paper" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
One more look, ere thou goest to rest!
And let me see thee so,—
Thine infant lying on thy breast,—
A rose-bud on the snow.
"Lines on The Death of Mrs. F--- II---" by John Pierpont
Oh, princess, I have seen the strangest sight;
Within the vessel lies a sleeping babe,
A fairer infant have I never seen.
"Moses In The Bulrushes. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More

In news:

Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland: 'Lineup will kind of be etched in stone' with Omar Infante in fold.
Hot rod in race to save child: '57 Chevy's owner donates car for raffle for ill infant.
OREGON CITY – A pediatrician who specializes in newborns and premature infants testified Monday that David Hickman would have survived if his parents had called for help.
Jacksonville Police and DCF are investigating the death of an infant in a home on the westside, but they don't suspect foul play.
WHEN I was an infant, I expected my parents to take care of things like food and shelter.
YORK — An infant found over the weekend in a wooded area in Dandy was apparently left outside for nearly a day, according to details in a search warrant filed Monday in York-Poquoson Circuit Court.
Eight years ago, a Houston boy was kidnapped as an infant.
Foster family in infant death passed all agency checks.
Jessica Alba and her infant daughter Haven, 8 months, took a breather during a family vacation to Seoul, South Korea on Tuesday.
CHICAGO — Even for infants born full-term , a little more time in the womb may matter.
Event honors Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
A premature baby that doctors say spent less time in the womb than any other surviving infant is to be released from a Florida hospital Tuesday.
Adding pounds during the first trimester can increase the danger of the disease, which can affect both the mother and infant even after birth.
Infant daughter, Margaret Godwin .
Bill Cochran's Field Reports: Poking fun at the infant hunting license .

In science:

Rodriguez, A., Infante, D.: Network models in the study of metabolism.
Generalized modeling of ecological population dynamics
Maternal-infant transmission is the primary means by which infants are infected by HIV virus.
Sequential monitoring of response-adaptive randomized clinical trials
Coronal abundance studies in stars in the pre-Chandra and XMM-Newton era were promising but still in an infant state.
X-rays of Stellar Coronae with Chandra and XMM-Newton: Flares and Elemental Composition in Stellar Atmospheres (Invited review)
Alphotospheric values for the individual stars are taken into though promising, the scenario still remains in an infant account (Fig. 4; Audard et al. 2003; Sanz-Forcada et al. 2004). state.
X-rays of Stellar Coronae with Chandra and XMM-Newton: Flares and Elemental Composition in Stellar Atmospheres (Invited review)
As a result, a significant fraction of clusters might not survive the first 10 Myrs (”infant mortality problem”, Lada & Lada 2003).
Dissolution of Globular Clusters