In design, widows and orphans are short lines of text or single words left at the start and end of paragraphs. A widow is a word or line of text that is forced to stand alone at the start of a page or column. An orphan is a single word that sits alone at the end of a paragraph. Both of these are problematic when typesetting because it causes a rough break in the flow for the reader, interrupting a thought. It can also look bad due to the accidental white space that brings unnecessary attention to the word(s). To fix widows and orphans, simply adjust the space between words or letters.