A father (or dad) is defined as a male parent or Individual progenitor of human offspring. The adjective "paternal" refers to a father and comparatively to "maternal" for a mother. The verb "to father" means to procreate or to sire a child from which also derives the gerund "fathering". Fathers determine the gender of their child through a sperm cell which either contains an X chromosome (female), or Y chromosome (male).
Famous quotes containing the word father:
“If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and child and friends, and never see them again,if you have paid your debts and made your will, and settled all your affairs, and are a free man, then you are ready for a walk.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)
“My father liked to moralize, and so do I. But he was in earnest, while I am embarrassed and pretend that I am merely being witty.”
—Mason Cooley (b. 1927)
“If your little savage were left to himself and be allowed to retain all his ignorance, he would in time join the infants reasoning to the grown mans passion, he would strangle his father and sleep with his mother.”
—Denis Diderot (17131784)