2. The group comprising a husband and wife and their dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the organization of society.
The welfare of the family underlies the welfare of society.H. Spencer.
3. Those who descend from one common progenitor; a tribe, clan, or race; kindred; house; as, the human
family of Abraham; the father of a
Go ! and pretend your family is young.Pope.
4. Course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; lineage.
5. Honorable descent; noble or respectable stock; as, a man of
6. A group of kindred or closely related individuals; as, a
family of languages; a
family of States; the chlorine
(Biol.) A group of organisms, either animal or vegetable, related by certain points of resemblance in structure or development, more comprehensive than a genus, because it is usually based on fewer or less pronounced points of likeness. In zology a family is less comprehesive than an order; in botany it is often considered the same thing as an order.
Family circle. See under Circle. --
Family man. (a) A man who has a family; esp., one who has a wife and children living with him and dependent upon him. (b) A man of domestic habits. "The Jews are generally, when married, most exemplary family men."
Family of curves
Family of surfaces
(Geom.), a group of curves or surfaces derived from a single equation. --
In a family way, like one belonging to the family. "Why don't we ask him and his ladies to come over in a family way, and dine with some other plain country gentlefolks?"
In the family way, pregnant.
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