|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|
|a. to bear (offspring)|
|b. to produce, originate, or create (an idea, plan, etc)|
|9.||to bear or bring forth (a child)|
|[C12: from Old Norse byrth; related to Gothic gabaurths, Old Swedish byrdh, Old High German berd child; see |
The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of the mother.
The act or process of bearing young; parturition.
The circumstances or conditions relating to this event, as its time or location.
The set of characteristics or circumstances received from one's ancestors; inheritance.
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.).
give birth to
Bear a child, as in She gave birth to her first child exactly at midnight. [Early 1800s]
Also, give rise to. Be the cause or origin of. For example, His hobby gave birth to a very successful business, or The economic situation gave rise to widespread dissatisfaction. The first term dates from the early 1700s, the second from the late 1700s.