Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

birthrate

[burth-reyt] /ˈbɜrθˌreɪt/
noun
1.
the proportion of births to the total population in a place in a given time, usually expressed as a quantity per 1000 of population.
Origin of birthrate
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; birth + rate1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for birth rate
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The papers tell us every week that the birth rate is going down.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • The more servants employed in a district the lower its birth rate.

    The Social Direction of Evolution William E. Kellicott
  • It is the bourgeoisie which has reduced the birth rate in France.

    Life in the War Zone

    Gertrude Atherton
  • The main reasons for the drop in the birth rate and reduction in family size have been low wages and a shortage of housing.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • In Japan, where the birth rate is high, it was 2.53 during the past decade.

British Dictionary definitions for birth rate

birth rate

noun
1.
the ratio of live births in a specified area, group, etc, to the population of that area, etc, usually expressed per 1000 population per year
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
birth rate in Medicine

birthrate or birth rate
n.
The ratio of total live births to total population in a specified community or area over a specified period of time, often expressed as the number of live births per 1,000 of the population per year.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
birth rate in Science
birth rate  
The ratio of total live births to total population in a specified community or area over a specified period of time. The birth rate is often expressed as the number of live births per 1,000 of the population per year.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for birthrate

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for birth

10
10
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for birth rate