Father

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).

Read more about Father:  Etymology, Relationship With Children, Determination of Parenthood, History of Fatherhood, Father–offspring Conflict, Categories, Non-human Fatherhood

Famous quotes containing the word father:

    ...your Father knows what you need before you ask him..
    Bible: New Testament, Matthew 6:8.

    That is the thankless position of the father in the family—the provider for all, and the enemy of all.
    J. August Strindberg (1849–1912)

    Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
    Bible: Hebrew Exodus 20:12, one of the Ten Commandments.