[pair-uh nt, par-] /ˈpɛər ənt, ˈpær-/
a father or a mother.
an ancestor, precursor, or progenitor.
a source, origin, or cause.
a protector or guardian.
Biology. any organism that produces or generates another.
Physics. the first nuclide in a radioactive series.
being the original source:
a parent organization.
Biology. pertaining to an organism, cell, or complex molecular structure that generates or produces another:
parent cell; parent DNA.
verb (used with object)
to be or act as parent of:
to parent children with both love and discipline.
a father or mother
a person acting as a father or mother; guardian
(rare) an ancestor
a source or cause
early 15c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French parent “father, parent, relative, kin” (11c.), from Latin parentem (nominative parens) “father or mother, ancestor,” noun use of present participle of parere “bring forth, give birth to, produce,” from PIE root *pere- “to bring forth” (see pare). Began to replace native elder after c.1500.
1660s, from parent (n.). Related: Parented; parenting.
parent par·ent (pâr’ənt, pār’-)
v. par·ent·ed, par·ent·ing, par·ents
- Parent message
messaging What a followup follows up. [Jargon File] (1997-12-03)
- Parent metal
noun 1. (engineering, metallurgy) the metal of components that are being welded by a molten filler metal
- Parent process
operating system The Unix process that created one or more other processes. Every process except process 0 is created when another process executes the fork system call. The process that invoked fork is the parent process, and the newly created process is the child process. Every process has one parent process, but can have many […]
- Parents anonymous
noun 1. (in Britain) an association of local voluntary self-help groups offering help through an anonymous telephone service to parents who fear they will injure their children, or who have other problems in managing their children