birth

[burth]
noun
1.
an act or instance of being born: the day of his birth.
2.
the act or process of bearing or bringing forth offspring; childbirth; parturition: a difficult birth.
3.
lineage; extraction; descent: of Grecian birth.
4.
high or noble lineage: to be foolishly vain about one's birth.
5.
natural heritage: a musician by birth.
6.
any coming into existence; origin; beginning: the birth of Protestantism; the birth of an idea.
7.
Archaic. something that is born.
verb (used with object) Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
8.
to give birth to.
9.
to assist in giving birth; act as midwife for.
Idioms
10.
give birth to,
a.
to bear (a child).
b.
to initiate; originate: Her hobby gave birth to a successful business.

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English byrthe < Scandinavian; compare Old Swedish byrth; cognate with Old English gebyrd, Old High German giburt, Gothic gabaurths

multibirth, noun

berth, birth.


3. parentage, ancestry, line, blood, family, race. 6. start, commencement, inception, genesis; launching, inauguration.
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birth (bɜːθ)
 
n
1.  the process of bearing young; parturition; childbirthRelated: natal
2.  the act or fact of being born; nativity
3.  the coming into existence of something; origin
4.  ancestry; lineage: of high birth
5.  noble ancestry: a man of birth
6.  natural or inherited talent: an artist by birth
7.  archaic the offspring or young born at a particular time or of a particular mother
8.  give birth
 a.  to bear (offspring)
 b.  to produce, originate, or create (an idea, plan, etc)
 
vb
9.  to bear or bring forth (a child)
 
Related: natal
 
[C12: from Old Norse byrth; related to Gothic gabaurths, Old Swedish byrdh, Old High German berd child; see bear1, bairn]

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Word Origin & History

birth
early 13c., from O.N. *byrðr (replacing cognate O.E. gebyrd "birth, descent, race; offspring; nature; fate"), from P.Gmc. *gaburthis (cf. O.Fris. berd, O.S. giburd, Du. geboorte, Ger. geburt, Goth. gabaurþs), from PIE *bhrto pp. of base *bher- (1) "to bear" (cf. Skt. bhrtih "a bringing, maintenance,"
L. fors, gen. fortis "chance;" see bear (v.)). Suffix -th is for "process" (as in bath, death). Meaning "parentage, lineage, extraction" (revived from O.E.) is from mid-13c. Birth control is from 1914; birth rate from 1859.
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Medical Dictionary

birth (bûrth)
n.

  1. The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of the mother.

  2. The act or process of bearing young; parturition.

  3. The circumstances or conditions relating to this event, as its time or location.

  4. The set of characteristics or circumstances received from one's ancestors; inheritance.

  5. Origin; extraction.

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Science Dictionary
birth   (bûrth)  Pronunciation Key 
Noun   The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of its mother, seen in all mammals except monotremes.

Adjective   Present at birth, as a defect in a bodily structure.
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Bible Dictionary

Birth definition


As soon as a child was born it was washed, and rubbed with salt (Ezek. 16:4), and then swathed with bandages (Job 38:9; Luke 2:7, 12). A Hebrew mother remained forty days in seclusion after the birth of a son, and after the birth of a daughter double that number of days. At the close of that period she entered into the tabernacle or temple and offered up a sacrifice of purification (Lev. 12:1-8; Luke 2:22). A son was circumcised on the eighth day after his birth, being thereby consecrated to God (Gen. 17:10-12; comp. Rom. 4:11). Seasons of misfortune are likened to the pains of a woman in travail, and seasons of prosperity to the joy that succeeds child-birth (Isa. 13:8; Jer. 4:31; John 16:21, 22). The natural birth is referred to as the emblem of the new birth (John 3:3-8; Gal. 6:15; Titus 3:5, etc.).

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Idioms & Phrases

birth

see give birth to.

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Example sentences
Many people have responded about tenure-track positions and taking time off
  after giving birth.
She also has to be impregnated and give birth so that she'll lactate.
The general announcement traditionally comes with the birth itself, sadly
  because of the high mortality rates of old.
They have even turned around the country's declining birth rate.
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