daughter

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From Middle English doughter, from Old English dohtor, from Proto-Germanic *duhtēr, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰugh₂tḗr.

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daughter (plural daughters or (archaic) daughtren)

  1. One’s female offspring.
    I already have a son, so I would like to have a daughter.
  2. A female descendant.
  3. A daughter language.
  4. (physics) A nuclide left over from radioactive decay.
  5. (syntax, of a parse tree) A descendant.
    • 2013, Daniela Isac; Charles Reiss, “Chapter 7, Some details of sentence structure”, in I-Language: An Introduction to Linguistics as Cognitive Science, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 163:
      We have distinguished two types of situations from the point of view of the placement of the obligatory X constituent within the phrase XP: one in which X is a daughter of XP, and one in which X is not a daughter of XP, but a daughter of one of the constituents of XP (in an adjunct configuration).
    • 2017, Yicheng Wu, “Chapter 2, The dynamics of language processing”, in The Interfaces of Chinese Syntax with Semantics and Pragmatics, Taylor & Francis, →ISBN, page 17:
      Following the conventional pattern, the argument daughter of a node is assigned the index n0 and placed on the left side, and the functor daughter, the index n1, is placed on the right side.
  6. (by extension) A female character of a creator.

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