[awr-fuh n] /ˈɔr fən/
a child who has lost both parents through death, or, less commonly, one parent.
a young animal that has been deserted by or has lost its mother.
a person or thing that is without protective affiliation, sponsorship, etc.:
The committee is an orphan of the previous administration.
bereft of parents.
of or for orphans:
an orphan home.
not authorized, supported, or funded; not part of a system; isolated; abandoned:
an orphan research project.
lacking a commercial sponsor, an employer, etc.:
verb (used with object)
to deprive of parents or a parent through death:
He was orphaned at the age of four.
Informal. to deprive of commercial sponsorship, an employer, etc.:
The recession has orphaned many experienced workers.
(printing) the first line of a paragraph separated from the rest of the paragraph by occurring at the foot of a page
(transitive) to deprive of one or both parents
c.1300, from Late Latin orphanus “parentless child” (source of Old French orfeno, Italian orfano), from Greek orphanos “orphaned, without parents, fatherless,” literally “deprived,” from orphos “bereft,” from PIE *orbho- “bereft of father,” also “deprived of free status,” from root *orbh- “to change allegiance, to pass from one status to another” (cf. Hittite harb- “change allegiance,” Latin orbus “bereft,” Sanskrit arbhah “weak, child,” Armenian orb “orphan,” Old Irish orbe “heir,” Old Church Slavonic rabu “slave,” rabota “servitude” (cf. robot), Gothic arbja, German erbe, Old English ierfa “heir,” Old High German arabeit, German Arbeit “work,” Old Frisian arbed, Old English earfoð “hardship, suffering, trouble”). As an adjective from late 15c.
1814, from orphan (n.). Related: Orphaned; orphaning.
A model of a car, boat, computer, etc, which is no longer being manufactured, and for which spare parts are hard to find (1940s+)
noun 1. Pharmacology. a drug that remains undeveloped or untested or is otherwise neglected because of limited potential for commercial gain. orphan drug or·phan drug (ôr’fən) n. Any of various drugs or biologicals that may be useful in treating disease but are not considered to be commercially viable. noun phrase A pharmaceutical drug that may […]
[awr-fuh-nij] /ˈɔr fə nɪdʒ/ noun 1. an institution for the housing and care of . 2. the state of being an ; orphanhood. 3. Archaic. collectively. /ˈɔːfənɪdʒ/ noun 1. an institution for orphans and abandoned children 2. the state of being an orphan n. 1570s, “condition of being an orphan,” from orphan (n.) + -age. […]
- Orphaned i-node
/or’f*nd i:’nohd/ [Unix] 1. A file that retains storage but no longer appears in the directories of a file system. [Jargon File]
[awr-fuh n] /ˈɔr fən/ noun 1. a child who has lost both parents through death, or, less commonly, one parent. 2. a young animal that has been deserted by or has lost its mother. 3. a person or thing that is without protective affiliation, sponsorship, etc.: The committee is an orphan of the previous administration. […]