verb (used with object) Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
- birth canal,
- birth certificate,
- birth control,
- birth control pill,
- birth date
- to bear (a child).
- to initiate; originate: Her hobby gave birth to a successful business.
Origin of birth
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|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Women are more likely to recover sooner from birth and less likely to experience post-partum depression.
Advanced maternal age dramatically increases the risk of maternal mortality as well as birth defects like Down Syndrome.
Nothing much to use in cleaning up the baby and his mother after the birth, no place to dispose of the placenta.
A Spaniard by birth, Victor Serna left home shy of his 14th birthday and entered the monastery to become a Marist brother.
At last he said: "There has been something worm-eaten in you from your birth."Ghosts|Henrik Ibsen
His childhood and his youth may be considered from his birth till forty years of age.The Digger Movement in the Days of the Commonwealth|Lewis H. Berens
But the pride of birth and blood is common to all nations, perhaps less so in England than elsewhere.The Mother of Parliaments|Harry Graham
Only the strongest have been able to survive the ordeals of birth and childhood.Life on a Mediaeval Barony|William Stearns Davis
Most of its members were nominated at birth or in childhood and elected as soon as they were twenty-one.The Grain Of Dust|David Graham Phillips
- to bear (offspring)
- to produce, originate, or create (an idea, plan, etc)
verb (tr) rare
Word Origin 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.
see give birth to.