Writers call unfinished stories and story snippets orphans. Just like real orphans, these unfortunate memelets have so much potential, but have nobody around to nourish them, nobody who can help them mature into full-fledged literature.

In word processing, an orphan is a sentence from a paragraph that starts on the bottom previous page. Most word processors have an option to prevent orphans.

oriental food = O = orphaned i-node

orphan n.

[Unix] A process whose parent has died; one inherited by init(1). Compare zombie.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

Or"phan (?), n. [L. orphanus, Gr. , akin to L. orbus. Cf. Orb a blank window.]

A child bereaved of both father and mother; sometimes, also, a child who has but one parent living.

Orphans' court Law, a court in some of the States of the Union, having jurisdiction over the estates and persons of orphans or other wards.



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Or"phan, a.

Bereaved of parents, or (sometimes) of one parent.


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Or"phan, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Orphaned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Orphaning.]

To cause to become an orphan; to deprive of parents.



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