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Princeton's WordNet

  1. birthnoun

    the time when something begins (especially life)

    "they divorced after the birth of the child"; "his election signaled the birth of a new age"

  2. birth, nativity, nascency, nascencenoun

    the event of being born

    "they celebrated the birth of their first child"

  3. parturition, birth, giving birth, birthingnoun

    the process of giving birth

  4. parentage, birthnoun

    the kinship relation of an offspring to the parents

  5. birthverb

    a baby born; an offspring

    "the overall rate of incidence of Down's syndrome is one in every 800 births"

  6. give birth, deliver, bear, birth, haveverb

    cause to be born

    "My wife had twins yesterday!"


  1. birthnoun

    The process of childbearing.

  2. birthnoun

    An instance of childbirth.

  3. birthnoun

    A beginning or start; a point of origin.

  4. birthnoun

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

    He was of noble birth, but fortune had not favored him.

  5. birthverb

    To bear or give birth to (a child).

  6. birthverb

    To produce, give rise to.

  7. birthadjective

    A familial relationship established by childbirth.

    Her birth father left when she was a baby; she was raised by her mother and stepfather.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BIRTHnoun

    Etymology: beorþ, Sax.

    But thou art fair, and, at thy birth, dear boy,
    Nature and fortune join’d to make thee great. William Shakespeare, K. J.

    In Spain, our springs like old mens children be,
    Decay’d and wither’d from their infancy;
    No kindly showers fall on our barren earth,
    To hatch the seasons in a timely birth. Dryden.

    Most virtuous virgin, born of heav’nly birth. Fairy Q.

    All truth I shall relate: nor first can I
    Myself to be of Grecian birth deny. John Denham.

    He doth object, I am too great of birth. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Be just in all you say, and all you do;
    Whatever be your birth, you’re sure to be
    A peer of the first magnitude to me. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    High in his chariot then Halesus came,
    A foe by birth to Troy’s unhappy name. John Dryden, Virgil.

    The people fear me; for they do observe
    Unfather’d heirs and loathly births of nature. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    That poets are far rarer births than kings,
    Your noblest father prov’d. Ben Jonson, Epigrams.

    Who of themselves
    Abhor to join: and, by imprudence mix’d,
    Produce prodigious births, of body, or mind. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi. l. 687.

    She, for this many thousand years,
    Seems to have practis’d with much care,
    To frame the race of woman fair;
    Yet never could a perfect birth
    Produce before, to grace the earth. Edmund Waller.

    His eldest birth
    Flies, mark’d by heav’n, a fugitive o’er earth. Matthew Prior.

    The vallies smile, and, with their flow’ry face,
    And wealthy births, confess the flood’s embrace. Richard Blackmore.

    Others hatch their eggs, and tend the birth, till it is able to shift for itself. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 120.

    That fair Syrian shepherdess,
    Who after years of barrenness,
    The highly favour’d Joseph bore
    To him that serv’d for her before;
    And at her next birth, much like thee,
    Through pangs fled to felicity. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Birthnoun

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

  2. Birthnoun

    lineage; extraction; descent; sometimes, high birth; noble extraction

  3. Birthnoun

    the condition to which a person is born; natural state or position; inherited disposition or tendency

  4. Birthnoun

    the act of bringing forth; as, she had two children at a birth

  5. Birthnoun

    that which is born; that which is produced, whether animal or vegetable

  6. Birthnoun

    origin; beginning; as, the birth of an empire

  7. Birthnoun

    see Berth


  1. Birth

    Birth is the act or process of bearing or bringing forth offspring from the uterus. The offspring is brought forth from the mother. The time of human birth is defined as the time at which the fetus comes out of the mother's womb into the world. Different forms of birth are oviparity, vivipary and ovovivipary.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Birth

    bėrth, n. a ship's station at anchor. [Same as Berth.]

  2. Birth

    bėrth, n. the act of bearing or bringing forth: the offspring born: dignity of family: origin.—n. Birth′day, the day on which one is born, or the anniversary of that day.—adj. relating to the day of one's birth.—ns. Birth′day-book, a book in diary form, in which the birthdays of one's friends are entered in their autographs; Birth′dom (Shak.), birthright; Birth′-mark, a peculiar mark on one's body at birth; Birth′night, the night on which one is born, or the anniversary of that night; Birth′place, the place of one's birth; Birth′right, the right or privilege to which one is entitled by birth: native rights.—adj. Birth′-strang′led (Shak.), strangled in birth.—n. Birth′-wort, a genus of perennial plants, formerly used medicinally in cases of difficult parturition. [M. E. birÞe, prob. Scand.; cf. Goth, ga-baurÞs, Ger. ge-burt.]

Editors Contribution

  1. birth

    The act of being born.

    The cow gave birth to her calf and it was such a joyous sight.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 3, 2020  

  2. birth

    The natural movement of a baby through the birth canal, cervix and then out of the vagina of their mother.

    The birth of the baby is a miracle they both agree.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'birth' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1982

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'birth' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3005

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'birth' in Nouns Frequency: #780

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of birth in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of birth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of birth in a Sentence

  1. Ted Cruz:

    So what do you do? You go, 'Ah, ha! Condom police. I'm gonna make up a completely made up threat and try to scare a bunch of folks into thinking someone's going to steal their birth control,' what nonsense.

  2. Erma Bombeck:

    Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.

  3. Christopher Austin:

    Oh, these animals are gorgeous, truly some of the most beautiful and enigmatic lizards in the world, living on one of the most megadiverse islands on the planet, they have other cool traits such as giving birth to live young and adhesive toe pads.

  4. Bryant McGill:

    Afford every soul you encounter the wide and free passage they need to give birth to the dear expressions they feel are important.

  5. Marcus Aurelius:

    Death, like birth, is a secret of Nature.

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    To cause to become
    • A. render
    • B. embellish
    • C. loom
    • D. abide

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