A little baby boy.
An 11 month old child and a newborn kitten are each an example of a baby.
- a very young child; infant
- a person who behaves like an infant; helpless or timid person
- a very young animal
- the youngest or smallest in a group
- Slang darling; honey: often a casual term of address
- Slang any person or thing: this car is a tough baby to drive
Origin of babyMiddle English babi, diminutive : see babe
- of or for an infant: baby food
- extremely young
- small of its kind
- infantile or childish
- small and delicate because immature: baby corn, baby lettuces
transitive verb-·bied, -·by·ing
- to treat like a baby; pamper; coddle
- Informal to handle with great care: to baby a new car
- a. A very young child; an infant.b. An unborn child; a fetus.c. The youngest member of a family or group.d. A very young animal.
- An adult or young person who behaves in an infantile way.
- Informal a. A lover or sweetheart.b. Sweetheart; dear. Used as a term of endearment.
- Slang An object of personal concern or interest: Keeping the boat in good repair is your baby.
- Of or having to do with a baby.
- Infantile or childish.
- Small in comparison with others of the same kind: baby vegetables.
transitive verbba·bied, ba·by·ing, ba·bies
Origin of babyMiddle English babe babe ; see babe . -y diminutive suffix
- A very young human, particularly from birth to a couple of years old or until walking is fully mastered.
- Any very young animal, especially a vertebrate; many species have specific names for their babies, such as kittens for the babies of cats, puppies for the babies of dogs, and chicks for the babies of birds. See Category:Baby animals for more.
- Unborn young; a fetus.
- When is your baby due?
- A person who is immature or infantile.
- Stand up for yourself - don't be such a baby!
- A term of endearment for a girlfriend or boyfriend or spouse.
- (informal) A form of address to a man or a woman considered to be attractive.
- Hey baby, what are you doing later?
- A pet project or responsibility.
- The annual report has been my baby since September.
- The lastborn of a family.
- An affectionate term for anything.
- See my new car here? I can't wait to take this baby for a drive.
- (archaic) A small image of an infant; a doll.
(not comparable) (used only before the noun)
When referring to a human baby (as per noun sense 1 above) the usual practice is to treat 'human' as the adjective and 'baby' as the noun.
(third-person singular simple present babies, present participle babying, simple past and past participle babied)
baby - Computer Definition
The first computer to run a program in its own electronic storage. Developed at the University of Manchester in England by Professor F.C. (Freddie) Williams and graduate student Tom Kilburn, Baby's memory was CRT based, which Williams conceived as a storage device for binary information. In 1948, its "Williams Tube" produced a grid of 1,024 bits. A Big Baby Like the ENIAC, its American counterpart, Baby, officially known as the Small Scale Experimental Machine (SSME), was huge. Driven by 6,000 vacuum tubes and weighing one ton, it was 16 feet long and 7 feet high. Unlike the ENIAC, it did not require extensive rewiring to change the program. An Early Prototype Starting in 1949, Baby served as a prototype for two more powerful Manchester Mark I models, which were the forerunners of the Ferranti Mark I, commercialized by Ferranti-Packard of Toronto in 1951. ICL's Series 1900 was based on the Ferranti machine. In 1959, the MUSE was introduced, the final Manchester machine. It was a faster computer with transistors and magnetic core storage. The commercial version of the MUSE was renamed Atlas.