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:
“You are old, Father William, the young man cried,
And life must be hastening away;
You are cheerful, and love to converse upon death:
Now tell me the reason, I pray.
I am cheerful, young man, Father William replied;
Let the cause thy attention engage;
In the days of my youth I remembered my God,
And He hath not forgotten my age.”
—Robert Southey (17741843)
“For if my father was the head of our house, my mother was its heart.”
—Philip Dunne (19081992)
“Give me Catholicism every time. Father Cheeryble with his thurible; Father Chatterjee with his liturgy. What fun they have with all their charades and conundrums! If it werent for the Christianity they insist on mixing in with it, Id be converted tomorrow.”
—Aldous Huxley (18941963)