Orphan meaning

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An orphan is defined as a child whose parents have died.

An example of an orphan is a little girl whose mother and father died in a car accident.

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A technology or product that has not been developed or marketed, especially on account of being commercially unprofitable.
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A very short line of type at the bottom of a paragraph, column, or page.
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One that lacks support, supervision, or care.

A lack of corporate interest has made the subsidiary an orphan.

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(figuratively) Anything that is unsupported, as by its source, provider or caretaker, by reason of the supporter's demise or decision to abandon.
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Being a technology or product that is an orphan.
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A young animal that has been prematurely separated from its parents or its mother.
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Deprived of parents.
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Intended for orphans.

An orphan home.

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Lacking support, supervision, or care.
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To deprive (a child or young animal) of a parent or parents.
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A child whose father and mother are dead.
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A child who has lost only one parent by death.
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Being an orphan.
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Of or for orphans.

An orphan home.

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Of a product that is medically valuable but is not produced because it lacks a profitable market, as a drug for a rare disease.
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To cause to become an orphan.

Orphaned by the war.

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A person, especially a minor, both or (rarely) one of whose parents have died.
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A young animal with no mother.
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(typography) A single line of type, beginning a paragraph, at the bottom of a column or page.
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(computing) Any unreferenced object.
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Deprived of parents (also orphaned).

She is an orphan child.

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(by extension, figuratively) Remaining after the removal of some form of support.

With its government funding curtailed, the gun registry became an orphan program.

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To deprive of parents (used almost exclusively in the passive)

What do you do when you come across two orphaned polar bear cubs?

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(computing) To make unavailable, as by unlinking the last remaining pointer to.

When you removed that image tag, you orphaned the resized icon.

Removing categories orphans pages from the main category tree.

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The definition of orphan is a child or something related to a child who's lost their parents.

An example of orphan is a home for children without parents; an orphan home.

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Origin of orphan

  • Middle English from Late Latin orphanus from Greek orphanos orphaned orbh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin orphanus, from Ancient Greek ὀρφανός (orphanos, “without parents, fatherless"), from Proto-Indo-European *HórbÊ°o-. Cognate with Sanskrit अर्भ (árbha), Latin orbus (“orphaned"), Old High German erbi, arbi (German Erbe (“heir")), Old English ierfa (“heir"). More at erf.

    From Wiktionary