birth

[ burth ]
/ bɜrθ /
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noun

verb (used with object) Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.

to give birth to.
to assist in giving birth; act as midwife for.

Idioms

    give birth to,
    1. to bear (a child).
    2. to initiate; originate: Her hobby gave birth to a successful business.

Origin of birth

1150–1200; Middle English byrthe < Scandinavian; compare Old Swedish byrth; cognate with Old English gebyrd, Old High German giburt, Gothic gabaurths
Related formsmul·ti·birth, noun
Can be confusedberth birth
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British Dictionary definitions for birth

birth

/ (bɜːθ) /

noun

verb (tr) rare

to bear or bring forth (a child)

Word Origin for birth

C12: from Old Norse byrth; related to Gothic gabaurths, Old Swedish byrdh, Old High German berd child; see bear 1, bairn
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Medicine definitions for birth

birth

[ bûrth ]

n.

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.
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Science definitions for birth

birth

[ bûrth ]

Noun

The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of its mother, seen in all mammals except monotremes.

Adjective

Present at birth, as a defect in a bodily structure.
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Idioms and Phrases with birth

birth


see give birth to.

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