What does child mean?

Definitions for child
tʃaɪldchild

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. child, kid, youngster, minor, shaver, nipper, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, fry, nestlingnoun

    a young person of either sex

    "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"

  2. child, kidnoun

    a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age

    "they had three children"; "they were able to send their kids to college"

  3. child, babynoun

    an immature childish person

    "he remained a child in practical matters as long as he lived"; "stop being a baby!"

  4. childnoun

    a member of a clan or tribe

    "the children of Israel"

Wiktionary

  1. childnoun

    A daughter or son.

  2. childnoun

    A person who is below the age of adulthood; a minor .

    Go easy on him: he is but a child.

  3. childnoun

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Childnoun

    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

    Etymology: [AS. cild, pl. cildru; cf. Goth. kilei womb, in-kil with child.]

  2. Childnoun

    a descendant, however remote; -- used esp. in the plural; as, the children of Israel; the children of Edom

    Etymology: [AS. cild, pl. cildru; cf. Goth. kilei womb, in-kil with child.]

  3. Childnoun

    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

    Etymology: [AS. cild, pl. cildru; cf. Goth. kilei womb, in-kil with child.]

  4. Childnoun

    a noble youth. See Childe

    Etymology: [AS. cild, pl. cildru; cf. Goth. kilei womb, in-kil with child.]

  5. Childnoun

    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

    Etymology: [AS. cild, pl. cildru; cf. Goth. kilei womb, in-kil with child.]

  6. Childnoun

    a female infant

    Etymology: [AS. cild, pl. cildru; cf. Goth. kilei womb, in-kil with child.]

  7. Childverb

    to give birth; to produce young

    Etymology: [AS. cild, pl. cildru; cf. Goth. kilei womb, in-kil with child.]

Freebase

  1. Child

    Biologically, a child is a human between the stages of birth and puberty. Some biological definitions of child include the fetus, as being an unborn child. The legal definition of child generally refers to a minor, otherwise known as a person younger than the age of majority. Child may also describe a relationship with a parent or, metaphorically, an authority figure, or signify group membership in a clan, tribe, or religion; it can also signify being strongly affected by a specific time, place, or circumstance, as in "a child of nature" or "a child of the Sixties".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Child

    chīld, n. an infant or very young person: (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.—sometimes Childe and Chylde: (pl.) offspring: descendants: inhabitants:—pl. Chil′dren.—ns. Child′-bear′ing, the act of bringing forth children; Child′bed, the state of a woman brought to bed with child; Child′birth, the giving birth to a child: parturition; Child′-crow′ing, a nervous affection with spasm of the muscles closing the glottis.—adj. Child′ed (Shak.), possessed of a child.—n. Child′hood, state of being a child: the time of one's being a child.—adjs. Child′ing (Shak.), fruitful, teeming; Child′ish, of or like a child: silly: trifling.—adv. Child′ishly.—ns. Child′ishness, Child′ness, what is natural to a child: puerility.—adjs. Child′less, without children; Child′-like, like a child: becoming a child: docile: innocent.—n. Child′-wife, a very young wife.—Child's play, something very easy to do: something slight.—From or Of a Child, since the days of childhood.—Second childhood, the childishness of old age.—With child, pregnant, e.g. Get with child, Be or Go with child. [A.S. cild, pl. cild, later cildru, -ra. The Ger. equivalent word is kind.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Child

    A person 6 to 12 years of age. An individual 2 to 5 years old is CHILD, PRESCHOOL.

Editors Contribution

  1. child

    A person of a specific age defined in legislation.

    A child is entitled to their innocence in life and develop and grow at a moderate rate.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'child' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #345

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'child' in Written Corpus Frequency: #650

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'child' in Nouns Frequency: #8

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of child in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of child in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of child in a Sentence

  1. Jill Biden:

    Tammy Duckworth, it's been such a pleasure getting to know you over the years, especially in our work on Joining Forces, and you have served our nation in so many ways, in the Army, at Veterans Affairs and on Capitol Hill. And as a veteran, a disability advocate and a woman of color, and the first woman to have a child while serving in the Senate, you inspire so many people across this country, and we are honored to have your support.

  2. Antonio Gramsci:

    In the life of children there are two very clear-cut phases, before and after puberty. Before puberty the child's personality has not yet formed and it is easier to guide its life and make it acquire specific habits of order, discipline, and work after puberty the personality develops impetuously and all extraneous intervention becomes odious, tyrannical, insufferable. Now it so happens that parents feel the responsibility towards their children precisely during this second period, when it is too late then of course the stick and violence enter the scene and yield very few results indeed. Why not instead take an interest in the child during the first period

  3. Ritah Ssetumba:

    Aidah was the youngest pregnant child we have ever got in almost a decade of our operations, but what shocked us even more was that the girl had been married off by her mother a year earlier and she also considered herself married.

  4. Jeremy Loew:

    We encourage law enforcement to take whatever steps it deems necessary to find Kelsey Berreth and to be able to exclude Patrick Frazee as a possible suspect in this missing person investigation, patrick Frazee will continue not to participate in any interviews with the media and instead focus on parenting the child Patrick Frazee shares with Kelsey Berreth.

  5. Nagla Moussa:

    For someone like this child who started as non-verbal who went all the way up to acing the STAAR test in seventh grade – gives hope and lets people know our children can move along that spectrum and can start with low-functioning and go up to higher-functioning. It takes a lot of education, a lot of therapy, a lot of hard work on their part, but it’s possible, i’m a very proud mom. I couldn’t be more proud. It’s a big accomplishment.

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