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.
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  • Orphaned

    [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. […]

  • Orphanhood

    [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. […]



  • Orphan process

    operating system A Unix process whose original parent has terminated and which has become a child of “init(1)”. Compare zombie. (1996-05-29)

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