There are actually two differing pairs of definitions that I'm aware
of.  One pair of definitions defines the terms as relating to lines
of text (those are the definitions I first learned, and which seem
to be the ones that Frame's implementation uses), and one that
refers more to words rather than lines. Your recollection seems
to combine one from column A and one from column B...

The glossary at
says this:
- A widow occurs when the last line of a paragraph from the
  previous page flows onto the top of the next page.
- An orphan occurs when the first line of a new paragraph starts
  at bottom of a page.

But at
you'll find the following:
- Don't leave orphans! (a word or short line at the top of a column
  or page).
- Avoid widows! (a single word on a line by itself at the end of a
  paragraph with no one to love).
- Never hyphenate a widow. For that matter, never hyphenate
  an orphaned widow! (typographic counseling is recommended
  for individuals with this problem)

My opinions only; I don't speak for Intel
Fred Ridder
Parsippany, NJ

>From: "Rick Quatro" <frameexpert at>
>To: <framers at>, <framers at>
>Subject: OT: Orphans and Widows (which is which)
>Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 10:55:01 -0500
>Hello Framers,
>I always confuse widows and orphans and don't have a ready-reference to set 
>me straight.
>One is a single word on the last line; the other is the last line of a 
>paragraph by itself at the top of a column. Which is which? Thanks in 
>Rick Quatro
>Carmen Publishing

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