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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Parent  \Par"ent\,  n.  [L.  parens,  -entis;  akin  to  parere  to  bring 
  forth;  cf  Gr  ?  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}, 
  also  {Cytula}. 
  {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}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  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}] 
  v  :  bring  up  "raise  a  family";  "bring  up  children"  [syn:  {rear}, 
  {raise},  {bring  up},  {nurture}] 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    (Or  "mother",  "precedessor")  In  a  {tree}, 
  a  node  which  points  to  at  least  one  {daughter}  node. 

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