• WordNet 3.6
    • v orphan deprive of parents
    • n orphan a young animal without a mother
    • n orphan the first line of a paragraph that is set as the last line of a page or column
    • n orphan a child who has lost both parents
    • n orphan someone or something who lacks support or care or supervision
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Police estimated that 10,000 abandoned, orphaned and runaway children were roaming the streets of New York City in 1852.
    • n Orphan A child bereaved of both father and mother; sometimes, also, a child who has but one parent living.
    • a Orphan Bereaved of parents, or (sometimes) of one parent.
    • v. t Orphan To cause to become an orphan; to deprive of parents.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • orphan Bereft of parents; fatherless, motherless, or without either father or mother; bereaved: said of a child or a young and dependent person.
    • orphan Not under control or protection analogous to that of a parent; unprotected; unassisted.
    • orphan Of or belonging to a child bereft of either parent or of both parents.
    • n orphan A child bereaved of one parent or of both parents, generally the latter.
    • orphan To reduce to the state of being an orphan; bereave of parents.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Orphan or′fan a child bereft of father or mother, or of both
    • adj Orphan bereft of parents
    • v.t Orphan to bereave of parents
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  • John Berger
    “Autobiography begins with a sense of being alone. It is an orphan form.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when the sentence was about to be pronounced, pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was orphan.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Living is death; dying is life. We are not what we appear to be. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that citizens; on this side orphans, on that children;”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “An orphan's curse would drag to hell, a spirit from on high; but oh! more horrible than that, is a curse in a dead man's eye!”
  • Galeazzo Ciano
    Galeazzo Ciano
    “Victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan.”
  • Andre Gide
    “Not everyone can be an orphan.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. orphanus, Gr. , akin to L. orbus,. Cf. Orb a blank window


In literature:

The sick, the aged, and the orphan, would be the only objects of charity.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
The orphan looked round; by his side stood a beautiful woman.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
The orphan was procured as much as a safety-guard for myself, as an assistant to Bridget.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The orphans crouched on the pavement in a triple semi-circle in front of her.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
She had been the penniless orphan daughter of a noble, but impoverished Scotch family.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
But the orphaned girl had something this summer on which to feed her imagination.
"A Little Miss Nobody" by Amy Bell Marlowe
We should go before the Orphans' Court with the very best aspect.
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
In the play Hattie and Sadie and Emmy Lou found themselves the orphaned children of a soldier who had failed to return from the war.
"Emmy Lou" by George Madden Martin
Orphans and their Descendants.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
It is like spending the day with a hurricane, or being born an orphan.
"The Green Carnation" by Robert Smythe Hichens

In poetry:

Thou great destroyer of our life,
Hast thou no pity for the wife,
Or husband, brother, orphan, say?
Prolong for them another day.
"On Death" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Very gently spoke the Rabbi,
"Have a care, my son Pedrillo,
Thou art orphaned, and who knoweth
But thy father loved this people?"
"Don Pedrillo" by Emma Lazarus
WHO would not wish the Dead were near,
If we can dry the mourners' tear?
Who would not pray the Dead may sleep,
When starving Orphans wake to weep?
"ORPHANS." by Gerald Massey
And bless thy servant, Lord, whose ear
These orphans' thanks can never hear,—
Thanks, that, although his eyes are dim,
They have a father found in him.
"Hymns and Odes for Charity Occasions IV" by John Pierpont
Poor Recha--what befalls thee? Oh,
Poor Recha--what had been to other orphans
A blessing, is to thee a curse. But, Nathan,
Where are they, these new kinsmen?
"Nathan The Wise - Act V" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
I praise the God, who, while I kept
My watch beside the grave,
Where, cold and dead, my father slept,
Where, drowned in grief, my mother wept,
An orphan stooped to save.
"Hymns and Odes for Charity Occasions I" by John Pierpont

In news:

Adoption groups decry film with evil orphan.
Madera Sheriff Fosters Dignity for 'Elder Orphans'.
Currently in the care of Orphaned Pets, she is a very calm dog who gets along well with people and other dogs.
The Wall Street Journal on a "widows and orphans" tax break past its prime.
Almost 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln set a national priority to "care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan".
South Africa's AIDS Orphans: Breaking the Silence.
David Glass of Fairfax Station is determined to help change the life of an orphaned baby in China.
Mark Z Danielewski puts Texas orphans in harm's way.
Valerie Fagan is a smoking, aged Little Orphan Annie in Forbidden Broadway.
Former President Hoover with Polish War Orphans, 1946.
After a tragic car accident orphaned the three Berry children, J.J. Watt entered their lives.
In two years, a small Juniata County ministry has provided shelter for 87 families and dozens of orphan children.
Gentle nature of orphaned football star looms large.
She looks like Little Orphan Annie.
The Resurrection Dance Theater of Haiti , an internationally recognized dance troupe of orphans, former street children and child slaves in Haiti will staged performances on Oct 7 and 8 in Bethesda.

In science:

Eqns. (14) and (15), respectively, hold generally for the degree distributions of subnets randomly sampled from networks, depending on whether orphaned nodes (i.e. those with connectivity l = 0) are allowed or not .
Sampling properties of random graphs: the degree distribution
For the satellite galaxies at z=0, we adopt two different methods for treating subhaloes which fall below the resolution limit (sometimes called “orphan galaxies”).
Cluster Galaxies Die Hard
Columns 2-4 show the total number of CROGIDs considered, the number that could be directly mapped to GeneIDs and the number of ‘orphans’ that are not associated with a Gene ID in the iRefIndex file.
ppiTrim: Constructing non-redundant and up-to-date interactomes
By a caseby-case examination of some orphaned yeast sequences that could be mapped to Gene ID, we found that they were orphans because they differed in one or two amino acids from that protein’s reference representative in RefSeq but were not clustered with that representative’s Gene record.
ppiTrim: Constructing non-redundant and up-to-date interactomes
In addition to SHBs, these include orphan optical/radio afterglows, and supernova-like optical transients (“kilonovae”) generated by the decay of heavy nuclei produced in the merger ejecta (Li & Paczynski 1998; Metzger et al. 2010).
Large-Scale Image Processing with the ROTSE Pipeline for Follow-Up of Gravitational Wave Events