birthing

[ bur-thing ]
/ ˈbɜr θɪŋ /

noun

an act or instance of giving birth, especially by natural childbirth.

Origin of birthing

First recorded in 1925–30; birth + -ing1

Definition for birthing (2 of 2)

birth

[ burth ]
/ bɜrθ /

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.

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 forms

mul·ti·birth, noun

Can be confused

berth birth
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British Dictionary definitions for birthing

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 birthing (1 of 2)

birthing

[ bûrthĭng ]

adj.

Having to do with or used during birth.

n.

The act of giving birth.

Medicine definitions for birthing (2 of 2)

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 birthing

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 birthing

birth

see give birth to.


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