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n. a child, particularly a minor, whose two natural parents are dead. In some cases, such as whether a child is eligible for public financial assistance to an orphan, "orphan" can mean a child who has lost one parent.

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ORPHAN. A minor or infant who has lost both of his or her parents. Sometimes the term is applied to such a person who has lost only one of his or her parents. 3 Mer. 48; 2 Sim. & Stu. 93; Lo & Man. Inst. B. 1, t. 2, c. 1. See Hazzard's Register of Pennsylvania, vol. 14, pages 188, 1 89, for a correspondence between the Hon. Joseph Hopkinson and ex-president J. Q. Adams as to the meaning of the word Orphan, and Rob. 247.

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In the most recent of his recurring "State of the Web" sample analysis surveys, Terry Sullivan (http://www.pantos.org/atw/35654.html) reports that, at a 6% rate of dead links, the incidence of linkrot is pretty much unchanged.
In the end, some dead links lead to completely dead pages.
Unsolicited feedback that is overwhelmingly positive, low percentages of dead links, and the levels of use shown in Figure 1 provide some preliminary evidence that we may able to answer this question affirmatively.
We've seen the dead links, and we've all heard of dot-coms, small and large, either closing down entirely or laying off employees, and we've all seen the same titles featured month after month--because there's no one to update the Web site.
Mexico's "Tourism Business Center" is another lackluster website from a prestigious and influential government entity: The home page is a mass of dead links. In fact, the only two links that work are to land sales (www.fonatur.gob.mx/frames/hom/nofertas/index.html) and to a page about Fonatur (www.fonatur.gob.mx/frames/hom/...\framesfona_p.html) that only prompts an error message.
Dead links on a site are sure to discourage shoppers, and the group found several at Walmart.com.
It is full of misspellings and dead links. Even more egregious, it is not even an encyclopedia but an index, a far cry from the very high-quality, well-organized real free encyclopedias.
In addition, a total of 241 of the citations were duplicates of other pages (thirty-five of the duplicates were also dead links).
Frequent crawling ensures that current documents are included in the index, and documents no longer available (dead links) are eliminated.
The suite consists of QuickTest, an icon-based user experience simulation scripting tool, LoadTest, software to allow the simulation of many simultaneous users hitting a web site at once, and SiteManager, which scours sites for dead links and missing content.