Definition of Birth

1. Noun. The time when something begins (especially life). "His election signaled the birth of a new age"

Group relationships: Life, Life-time, Lifespan, Lifetime
Specialized synonyms: Cradle
Generic synonyms: Beginning, Commencement, First, Get-go, Kickoff, Offset, Outset, Showtime, Start, Starting Time
Derivative terms: Be Born
Antonyms: Death

2. Verb. Cause to be born. "My wife had twins yesterday!"
Exact synonyms: Bear, Deliver, Give Birth, Have
Entails: Conceive
Specialized synonyms: Twin, Drop, Foal, Cub, Kitten, Lamb, Litter, Pup, Whelp, Farrow, Pig, Fawn, Calve, Have Young, Bear, Carry, Expect, Gestate, Have A Bun In The Oven
Related verbs: Bear, Carry, Expect, Gestate, Have A Bun In The Oven
Generic synonyms: Bring Forth, Produce
Derivative terms: Delivery

3. Noun. The event of being born. "They celebrated the birth of their first child"
Exact synonyms: Nascence, Nascency, Nativity
Generic synonyms: Alteration, Change, Modification
Specialized synonyms: Delivery, Live Birth, Posthumous Birth, Posthumous Birth, Rebirth, Reincarnation, Renascence
Derivative terms: Be Born, Nascent
Antonyms: Death

4. Noun. The process of giving birth.

5. Noun. The kinship relation of an offspring to the parents.
Exact synonyms: Parentage
Generic synonyms: Family Relationship, Kinship, Relationship
Derivative terms: Parent

6. Noun. A baby born; an offspring. "The overall rate of incidence of Down's syndrome is one in every 800 births"
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul

Definition of Birth

1. n. The act or fact of coming into life, or of being born; -- generally applied to human beings; as, the birth of a son.

2. n. See Berth.

Definition of Birth

1. Noun. The process of childbearing. ¹

2. Noun. An instance of childbirth. ¹

3. Noun. A beginning or start; a point of origin. ¹

4. Noun. The circumstances of one's background, ancestry, or upbringing. ¹

5. Adjective. A familial relationship established by childbirth. ¹

6. Verb. (dated or regional) To bear or give birth to (a child). ¹

7. Verb. (figuratively) To produce, give rise to. ¹

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Definition of Birth

1. to originate [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: originate

Medical Definition of Birth

1. 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." 5. That which is born; that which is produced, whether animal or vegetable. "Poets are far rarer births that 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, regeneration, or the commencement of a religious life. Synonym: Parentage, extraction, lineage, race, family. Origin: OE. Burth, birth, AS. Beor, gebyrd, fr. Beran to bear, bring forth; akin to D. Geboorate, OHG. Burt, giburt, G. Geburt, Icel. Burr, Skr. Bhrti bearing, supporting; cf. Ir. & Gael. Beirthe born, brought forth. 92. See 1st Bear, and cf. Berth. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Birth

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Literary usage of Birth

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon, John Bagnell Bury (1897)
"The place of his birth, as well as the condition of his mother Helena, ADSH have been the subject not only of literary but of national disputes. ..."

2. La démocratie libérale by Thomas Hodgkin, Etienne Vacherot (1896)
"It is probable, therefore, that, though she was of inferior birth to her husband, ... 2 454 is the generally accepted date for the birth of Theodoric, ..."

3. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1890)
"... dates thus indicated for his birth, 1151 or 11");!, is in itself impossible. The later date seems the more probable. Map's language would seem to imply ..."

4. The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: From 1817-1882 by Frederick Douglass, John Lobb (1882)
"Place of birth—Description of country—Its inhabitants—Genealogical trees —Method of counting time in slave districts—Date of birth—Names of ..."

5. Citizenship of the United States by Frederick Van Dyne, ( (1904)
"BY birth IN THE UNITED STATES. 1. Common-law doctrine. 2. Civil rights act and 14th Amendment are declaratory of common-taw rule.. Children born in United ..."

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