family: meaning and definitions

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What is family?

What is family?

  • Chemistry A group of elements with similar chemical properties.
  • A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children.
  • Two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another, and reside usually in the same dwelling place.
  • All the members of a household under one roof.
  • A group of persons sharing common ancestry. See Usage Note at collective noun.
  • Lineage, especially distinguished lineage.
  • A locally independent organized crime unit, as of the Cosa Nostra.
  • A group of like things; a class.
  • A group of individuals derived from a common stock: the family of human beings.
  • Biology A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order and above a genus. A family usually consists of several genera. See Table at taxonomy.
  • Linguistics A group of languages descended from the same parent language, such as the Indo-European language family.
  • Mathematics A set of functions or surfaces that can be generated by varying the parameters of a general equation.
  • Chemistry A vertical column in the periodic table of elements.
  • Of or having to do with a family: family problems.
  • Being suitable for a family: family movies.

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