meaning of child

1. 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.
A descendant, however remote; -- used esp. in the plural; as, the children of Israel; the children of Edom.
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.
A noble youth. See Childe.
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.
A female infant.
To give birth; to produce young.
child daughter child process system> A process created by another process the parent process. Each process may create many child processes but will have only one parent process, except for the very first process which has no parent. The first process, called init in Unix, is started by the kernel at boot time and never terminates. A child process inherits most of its attributes, such as open files, from its parent. In fact in Unix, a child process is created using fork as a copy of the parent. The chid process can then overlay itself with a different program using exec as required.
a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "theyre just kids"; "`tiddler is a British term for ">youngsters"

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