- an act or instance of giving birth, especially by natural childbirth.
Origin of birthing
- 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 birthing
Then French obstetricians advocated that the method would reduce pain and create a birthing environment free of stress.Are Water Births Toxic to Babies?
December 12, 2014
The refurbished private Lindo wing has the latest maternal facilities including a birthing pool.Kate's Last Day of Work Tomorrow Suggests Early July Due Date
June 12, 2013
She has been known to perform various magical acts, among them birthing a shadowy assassin that killed Renly Baratheon.‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 for Dummies
March 27, 2013
Second, Tanzania has existing medical infrastructure that can be upgraded to serve as birthing centers.Mayor Bloomberg: No Woman Should Die Giving Birth
Michael R. Bloomberg
October 5, 2012
For centuries, men were not involved in birthing in this country—period.Sarkozy Missed Daughter's Birth—What People Think
October 22, 2011
Had not Yellow Hair been in the birthing wickiup with Redbird?
This one seems to be birthing the dictatorship of the intellectuals.The Sensitive Man
Poul William Anderson
The big sad eyes of it were like those of Maisie, poor lass, when she had the birthing that was her going-call.The Washer of the Ford
Hunt ducks in the fall, plow the land in the spring, help at the birthing of calves and lambs and foals?Plowing On Sunday
She felt like telling Wind Bends Grass to leave the birthing wickiup.
- 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 birthing
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.
- Having to do with or used during birth.
- The act of giving birth.
- 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 birthing
see give birth to.