Definitions for: Birth


[n] the event of being born; "they celebrated the birth of their first child"
[n] the process of giving birth
[n] the kinship relation of an offspring to the parents
[n] the time when something begins (especially life); "they divorced after the birth of the child" or"his election signaled the birth of a new age"
[v] give birth (to a newborn); "My wife had twins yesterday!"



Webster (1913) Definition: Birth (b[~e]rth), n. [OE. burth, birth, AS. beor[edt],
gebyrd, fr. beran to bear, bring forth; akin to D. geboorte,
OHG. burt, giburt, G. geburt, Icel. bur[eth]r, Skr. bhrti
bearing, supporting; cf. Ir. & Gael. beirthe born, brought
forth. [root]92. See 1st Bear, and cf. Berth.]
1. The act or fact of coming into life, or of being born; --
generally applied to human beings; as, the birth of a son.

2. Lineage; extraction; descent; sometimes, high birth; noble
extraction.

Elected without reference to birth, but solely for
qualifications. --Prescott.

3. The condition to which a person is born; natural state or
position; inherited disposition or tendency.

A foe by birth to Troy's unhappy name. --Dryden.

4. The act of bringing forth; as, she had two children at a
birth. ``At her next birth.'' --Milton.

5. That which is born; that which is produced, whether animal
or vegetable.

Poets are far rarer births than kings. --B. Jonson.

Others hatch their eggs and tend the birth till it
is able to shift for itself. --Addison.

6. Origin; beginning; as, the birth of an empire.

New birth (Theol.), regeneration, or the commencement of a
religious life.

Syn: Parentage; extraction; lineage; race; family.


Birth, n.
See Berth. [Obs.] --De Foe.

Synonyms: bear, birthing, deliver, give birth, giving birth, have, nascence, nascency, nativity, parentage, parturition

Antonyms: death, death, decease, demise, dying

See Also: accouchement, alteration, beginning, biological process, bring forth, brooding, calving, change, childbearing, childbed, childbirth, commencement, conceive, confinement, cradle, delivery, drop, egg laying, family relationship, farrow, farrowing, first, foal, hatch, hatching, incubation, kickoff, kinship, kitten, labor, labour, lamb, laying, life, lifespan, lifetime, litter, live birth, lying-in, modification, offset, organic process, outset, parturiency, posthumous birth, produce, rebirth, reincarnation, relationship, reproduction, start, starting time, travail, twin, vaginal birth

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