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Dictionary Definition

birth

Noun

1 the time when something begins (especially life); "they divorced after the birth of the child"; "his election signaled the birth of a new age" [ant: death]
2 the event of being born; "they celebrated the birth of their first child" [syn: nativity, nascency, nascence] [ant: death]
3 the process of giving birth [syn: parturition, giving birth, birthing]
4 the kinship relation of an offspring to the parents [syn: parentage] v : give birth (to a newborn); "My wife had twins yesterday!" [syn: give birth, deliver, bear, have]

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English

Pronunciation

Etymology

From stern (replacing gebyrd)

Noun

  1. The process of childbearing.
  2. An instance of childbirth.
  3. A beginning or start; a point of origin.
  4. The circumstances of one's background, ancestry, or upbringing: of noble birth.

Translations

process of childbearing
beginning or start; a point of origin
circumstances of one's background

Usage notes

It is uncommon to hear "she will go to birth her child." But the past tense is used, as "she birthed her child", though rarely. "To give birth" is far more common.

Translations

to birth

Extensive Definition

Birth is the process in animals by which an offspring is physiologically expelled from the body of its mother. Different forms of birth are oviparity, vivipary or ovovivipary.
Two words used to describe human offspring while in utero are embryo and fetus. Their meanings refer to earlier and later stages of development.

Medical meanings

Complications

  • Infertility treatments are devices, medications, or behavior patterns to increase the probability of pregnancy.
  • Premature birth is the birth of an infant before the full term of pregnancy.
  • Birth defect is a physical or mental abnormality present at the time of birth.
  • Stillbirth is the birth of a dead fetus or infant.
  • Birth trauma is a theory in Pre & Perinatal psychology and natural medicine that the baby experiences extreme pain during the birthing process and that this pain influences the child later in life.
  • VBAC is a Vaginal Birth after a Caesarean Birth.

Legal meanings

  • Birthday is a day to celebrate that the person has lived a certain number of years. It is an annual event based either on the anniversary of a person's date of birth, or on astrological birthtime calculations.
  • Birth certificate is a legal document describing details of a person's birth.
  • A nuclear family comprising the father, mother, brother or sister, is an institution where the members are related by birth.
  • In some countries a person is considered of illegitimate birth if the child is born of parents not legally married to each other.

Spiritual meanings

Metaphorical meanings

The term birth is used metaphorically to refer to a beginning, especially of a natural phenomenon, one that is impressive in its scope or complexity, or one that is viewed favorably.
  • Stellar evolution is the field of study that deals with the birth of stars and their lifecycles.
birth in Arabic: ولادة
birth in Official Aramaic (700-300 BCE): ܝܠܝܕܐ
birth in Danish: Fødsel
birth in German: Geburt
birth in French: Naissance
birth in Korean: 탄생
birth in Icelandic: Fæðing
birth in Italian: Nascita
birth in Japanese: 誕生
birth in Norwegian: Fødsel
birth in Russian: Рождение
birth in Simple English: Birth
birth in Serbian: Рођење

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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