parent \par"ent\ (?), n. [l. parens, -entis; akin to parere to bring forth; cf. gr. &?; to give, beget: cf. f. parent. cf. part.] 1. one who begets, or brings forth, offspring; a father or a mother. children, obey your parents in the lord. vi. 1. 2. that which produces; cause; source; author; begetter; as, idleness is the parent of vice. regular industry is the parent of sobriety. hanning. parent cell. (biol.) see mother cell, under mother, also cytula. parent nucleus (biol.), a nucleus which, in cell division, divides, and gives rise to two or more daughter nuclei. see karyokinesis, and cell division, under division. parent n : a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian [ant: child] v : bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children" [syn: rear, raise, bring up, nurture]
A member in the next higher level in a hierarchy that is directly related to the current member. The parent value is usually a consolidation of the values of all of its children. For example, in a Time dimension containing the levels Quarter, Month, and Day, Qtr1 is the parent of January.
A parent is a caretaker of the offspring in their own species. In humans, a parent is of a child (where "child" refers to offspring, not necessarily age). A biological parent consists of a person whose gamete resulted in a child, a male through the sperm, and a female through the ovum. Parents are first-degree relatives and have 50% genetic meet. A female can also become a parent through surrogacy. Some parents may be adoptive parents, who nurture and raise an offspring, but are not actually biologically related to the child. Orphans without adoptive parents can be raised by their grandparents or other family members.
Noun 1. a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian (antonym) child, kid (hypernym) genitor (hyponym) adoptive parent, adopter (member-holonym) family, family unit (derivation) rear, raise, bring up, nurture Verb 1. bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children" (synonym) rear, raise, bring up, nurture (hyponym) fledge (cause) grow up
Any person who has more or less long-term, primary caregiving responsibility for a child. This person may be a mother, father, grandparent, other relative, or even a non-kinsperson such as a foster parent or parent surrogate in an institutional setting. Parents are generally attachment figures
- Variable in class java.awt.image.Raster protected Raster parent The parent of this Raster, or null. - Variable in class java.util.ResourceBundle protected ResourceBundle parent The parent bundle is consulted by getObject when this bundle does not contain a particular resource. - Variable in class javax.swing.tree.DefaultMutableTreeNode protected MutableTreeNode parent this node's parent, or null if this node has no parent - Method in class org.omg.CORBA.Context public abstract Context parent () Retrieves the parent of this Context object.Returns: the Context object that is the parent of this Context object