Updated: 04/30/2020 by Computer Hope

An orphan may refer to any of the following:

Letter S vertically overlapping another letter S.

1. Alternatively referred to as a widow, orphan describes a paragraph of text having its last line on the next page. When writing any document or school paper, try to avoid this problem by watching where your paragraphs end.

2. When referring to Novell Groupwise, an orphan refers to a message that is deleted, but remains in the message database.

Orphan file, Orphan work, Word processor terms