1. [syn: rear, raise, bring up, nurture, parent]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
parent \par"ent\ (p[^a]r"ent or p[=a]r"ent; 277), n. [L. parens,
-entis; akin to parere to bring forth; cf. Gr. porei^n to
give, beget: cf. F. parent. Cf. Part.]
1. One who begets, or brings forth, offspring; a father or a
Children, obey your parents in the Lord. --Eph. vi.
2. That which produces; cause; source; author; begetter; as,
idleness is the parent of vice.
Regular industry is the parent of sobriety.
Parent cell. (Biol.) See Mother cell, under Mother,
Parent nucleus (Biol.), a nucleus which, in cell division,
divides, and gives rise to two or more daughter nuclei.
See Karyokinesis, and Cell division, under Division.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth
to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the
role of guardian [ant: child, kid]
2: an organism (plant or animal) from which younger ones are
v 1: bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children" [syn:
rear, raise, bring up, nurture, parent]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
51 Moby Thesaurus words for "parent":
agent, ancestor, ancestorial, ancestral, ancestress, author,
begetter, beginner, catalyst, causer, creator, effector,
engenderer, father, fatherlike, fatherly, generator, grandfatherly,
grandmotherly, grandparent, grandparental, guardian, inspirer,
instigator, maker, mater, materfamilias, maternal, mother,
motherlike, motherly, mover, origin, originator, parental, pater,
paterfamilias, paternal, patriarchal, prime mover, primum mobile,
procreator, producer, progenitor, progenitress, progenitrix, root,
sire, source, stepfather, stepmother
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
The ancestor node in a tree that
points to the current node (one of its child nodes).