(chld"hd), n. [AS. cildhd; cild child + -hd. See Child, and -hood.] 1. The state of being a child; the time in which persons are children; the condition or time from infancy to puberty.
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I have walked before you from my childhood.
1. Sam. xii. 2.
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2. Children, taken collectively. [R.]
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The well-governed childhood of this realm.
Sir. W. Scott.
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3. The commencement; the first period.
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The childhood of our joy.
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Second childhood, the state of being feeble and incapable from old age.
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