child-n; 9 Senses

Sense Number 1: a biologically immature person, girl or boy

Commentary: CHILD[+person][+age][+young]
NOTE: the focus is on the youthful age of the individual

His legal work mostly involves child abuse cases.
The theater doesn't allow children under the age of four.
Children seem to like simple food like macaroni and cheese.
It was as though he were seeing the world through a child's eyes.
The pro-lifers have argued for the rights of the unborn child.
Mary was thrilled by ultrasound images of her child in utero.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: the immediate biological descendent of human parents

Commentary: CHILD[+role][+descendant][+biological][+offspring]
NOTE: the focus is on the status as an immediate biological descendant of someone.

Megan is the second child from Mary's first marriage.
That couple had no children of their own.
Their grown children have moved away.
Whose children are playing in the street in front of our house?
The king had a love child with one of the ladies in waiting.
This is the brain child of our chief technology officer. (figurative)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a grown-up who is inexperienced or immature in some way

Commentary: CHILD[+person][+age][-young][+naive/+selfish]
NOTE: emphasis is on the person's behavior, perceived as inappropriate for their age.

I'm a child when it comes to repairing electrical fixtures.
Mary can act like such a child when she doesn't get her way about where to go for dinner.
John is rather a child about financial matters.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: a member or descendent of a clan or social unit

Commentary: CHILD[+role][+descendant][+tribal][+member]
NOTE: emphasis is on a social and biological (in a broad sense) connection to a social group.

He led the children of Israel from Egypt.
No child of the Navajo nation would ever say or do such a thing.
The novel is a classic read by all French children.
The senator argued his bill would only improve the lives of our children. (those in our society)
She said it would place a tax burden on our children for generations to come.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: someone significantly influenced by tastes or trends

Commentary: CHILD[+role][+descendant][+cultural][+example]
NOTE: emphasis is on behavior or beliefs of an individual.

Sally was a flower child in the sixties.
They are the children of poverty.
He was a child of a broken home.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 6: an easy task

Commentary: Idiom: chld's_play

Bill thought fixing the kitchen drain would be child's play.
Running a bed and breakfast has not turned out to be child's play.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: child's_play

Sense Number 7: since childhood

Commentary: Idiom: from_a_child

He showed extraordinary musical gifts from a child.
From a child she was always easily excitable.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: from_a_child

Sense Number 8: pregnant

Commentary: Idiom: with_child, formal usage

And Joseph led Mary on the donkey when she was with child.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: with_child

Sense Number 9: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)