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:
“When it comes to little girls, God the father has nothing on father, the god. Its an awesome responsibility.”
—Frank Pittman (20th century)
“I see you boys of summer in your ruin.
Man in his maggots barren.
And boys are full and foreign in the pouch.
I am the man your father was.
We are the sons of flint and pitch.
O see the poles are kissing as they cross.”
—Dylan Thomas (19141953)
“My father was a patriarch inside a matriarchy, but never knew it.”
—Mason Cooley (b. 1927)