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).

Read more about Father:  Etymology, Relationship With Children, Determination of Parenthood, History of Fatherhood, Father–offspring Conflict, Categories, Non-human Fatherhood

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Sima Qian - As Han Court Official
... That year, his father fell ill and could not attend the Imperial Feng Sacrifice ... Fueled by his father's inspiration, Sima Qian started to compile Shiji in 109 BC ... Three years after the death of his father, Sima Qian became the Grand Historian ...
Paul McCartney - Childhood
... His father, James ("Jim") McCartney, was absent from his son's birth due to his work as a volunteer firefighter during World War II ... Though the children were baptised in their mother's Roman Catholic faith, their father, a former Protestant turned agnostic, felt Catholic schools sacrificed the education ... who led Jim Mac's Jazz Band in the 1920s, McCartney's father kept an upright piano in the front room, and he encouraged his sons to be musical ...
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Famous quotes containing the word father:

    Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
    Bible: Hebrew Exodus 20:12, one of the Ten Commandments.

    You can have fun with a son,
    But you got to be a father to a girl.
    Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960)

    Do not for ever with thy vailed lids
    Seek for thy noble father in the dust.
    Thou know’st ‘tis common, all that lives must die,
    Passing through nature to eternity.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)