- an act or instance of being born: the day of his birth.
- the act or process of bearing or bringing forth offspring; childbirth; parturition: a difficult birth.
- lineage; extraction; descent: of Grecian birth.
- high or noble lineage: to be foolishly vain about one's birth.
- natural heritage: a musician by birth.
- any coming into existence; origin; beginning: the birth of Protestantism; the birth of an idea.
- Archaic. something that is born.
- to give birth to.
- to assist in giving birth; act as midwife for.
- give birth to,
- to bear (a child).
- to initiate; originate: Her hobby gave birth to a successful business.
Origin of birth
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Examples from the Web for birth
Indeed, every teacher is expected to be a Muslim by birth or conversion.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
Women are more likely to recover sooner from birth and less likely to experience post-partum depression.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
Advanced maternal age dramatically increases the risk of maternal mortality as well as birth defects like Down Syndrome.Men Will Someday Have Kids Without Women
January 3, 2015
Nothing much to use in cleaning up the baby and his mother after the birth, no place to dispose of the placenta.Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.
December 25, 2014
A Spaniard by birth, Victor Serna left home shy of his 14th birthday and entered the monastery to become a Marist brother.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
In London alone it was said there was a birth every five minutes.Explorations in Australia
For "each age is a dream that is dying, or one that is coming to birth."
As to the advantage of birth, that is of his side, above any man who has been found out for me.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
He died at least twenty years before the birth of Omar Khayyam.The Garden of Bright Waters
This is the most joyful hour he has ever given us since the day of his birth.Lady Susan
- the process of bearing young; parturition; childbirthRelated adjective: natal
- the act or fact of being born; nativity
- the coming into existence of something; origin
- ancestry; lineageof high birth
- noble ancestrya man of birth
- natural or inherited talentan artist by birth
- archaic the offspring or young born at a particular time or of a particular mother
- give birth
- to bear (offspring)
- to produce, originate, or create (an idea, plan, etc)
- to bear or bring forth (a child)
Word Origin and History for birth
early 13c., from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse *byrðr (replacing cognate Old English gebyrd "birth, descent, race; offspring; nature; fate"), from Proto-Germanic *gaburthis (cf. Old Frisian berd, Old Saxon giburd, Dutch geboorte, Old High German giburt, German geburt, Gothic gabaurþs), from PIE *bhrto past participle of root *bher- (1) "to carry; to bear children" (cf. Sanskrit bhrtih "a bringing, maintenance," Latin fors, genitive fortis "chance;" see bear (v.)). Suffix -th is for "process" (as in bath, death). Meaning "parentage, lineage, extraction" (revived from Old English) is from mid-13c. Birth control is from 1914; birth rate from 1859. Birth certificate is from 1842.
mid-13c., from birth (n.). Related: Birthed; birthing.
- 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.
- Origin; extraction.
- The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of its mother, seen in all mammals except monotremes.
- Present at birth, as a defect in a bodily structure.
Idioms and Phrases with birth
see give birth to.