birth

  • 21 birth — /berrth/, n. 1. an act or instance of being born: the day of his birth. 2. the act or process of bearing or bringing forth offspring; childbirth; parturition: a difficult birth. 3. lineage; extraction; descent: of Grecian birth. 4. high or noble… …

    Universalium

  • 22 birth — /bɜθ / (say berth) noun 1. the act of bringing forth young; parturition. 2. the fact of being born: the day of his birth. 3. lineage; extraction; descent: of Grecian birth. 4. supposedly natural heritage: a musician by birth. 5. that which is… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 23 birth — {{11}}birth (n.) early 13c., from a Scandinavian source, Cf. O.N. *byrðr (replacing cognate O.E. gebyrd birth, descent, race; offspring; nature; fate ), from P.Gmc. *gaburthis (Cf. O.Fris. berd, O.S. giburd, Du. geboorte, O.H.G. giburt, Ger.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 24 birth*/*/ — [bɜːθ] noun 1) [C/U] the occasion when a baby is born We are happy to announce the birth of our son Andrew.[/ex] James has been blind from birth.[/ex] children who have medical problems at birth[/ex] Her place of birth was listed as Oxford.[/ex]… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 25 birth — I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse byrth; akin to Old English beran Date: 13th century 1. a. the emergence of a new individual from the body of its parent b. the act or process of bringing forth young from… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 26 birth — 1. Passage of the offspring from the uterus to the outside world; the act of being born. 2. Specifically, in the human, complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a fetus, irrespective of gestational age, and regardless of whether or not …

    Medical dictionary

  • 27 Birth —    As soon as a child was born it was washed, and rubbed with salt (Ezek. 16:4), and then swathed with bandages (Job 38:9; Luke 2:7, 12). A Hebrew mother remained forty days in seclusion after the birth of a son, and after the birth of a daughter …

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • 28 birth — [[t]bɜrθ[/t]] n. 1) med an act or instance of being born: day of birth[/ex] 2) med the act or process of bearing or bringing forth offspring; childbirth; parturition 3) lineage; extraction; descent: of Grecian birth[/ex] 4) high or noble lineage… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 29 birth — Synonyms and related words: Altmann theory, DNA, De Vries theory, Galtonian theory, Mendelianism, Mendelism, RNA, Verworn theory, Weismann theory, Weismannism, Wiesner theory, abiogenesis, abortion, accouchement, affiliation, allele, allelomorph …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 30 birth — noun 1) Nick arrived just in time for the birth Syn: childbirth, delivery, nativity, birthing; blessed/happy event; formal parturition; dated confinement; archaic accouchement, childbed Ant: death 2) the birth of science Syn …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 31 birth — Berth Berth (b[ e]rth), n. [From the root of bear to produce, like birth nativity. See {Birth}.] [Also written {birth}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) (a) Convenient sea room. (b) A room in which a number of the officers or ship s company mess and… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 32 birth — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. origin, creation; genesis, inception; childbirth, parturition. See reproduction.Ant., death. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [The coming into life] Syn. delivery, childbirth, parturition, nativity, beginning,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 33 birth — [12] Old English had a word gebyrd ‘birth’ which survived until the end of the 13th century as birde, but it was quite distinct from (though related to) modern English birth, which was borrowed from Old Norse byrth. This came from the same… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 34 birth — noun 1》 the emergence of a baby or other young from the body of its mother; the start of life as a physically separate being. 2》 the beginning of something. 3》 a person s ancestry or origin: he is of noble birth. verb chiefly N. Amer. give birth… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 35 birth — noun 1) Syn: childbirth, delivery, nativity 2) the birth of science Syn: beginning(s), emergence, genesis, dawn, dawning, rise, start 3) he is of noble birth …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 36 birth —   Hānau, hanauna, ho ohānau; ki o (often sarcastic).    ♦ Premature birth, hānau ēwe.    ♦ Peculiar or unusual birth, hānau e epa.    ♦ Quintuplet birth, hānau pālima …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 37 birth — [12] Old English had a word gebyrd ‘birth’ which survived until the end of the 13th century as birde, but it was quite distinct from (though related to) modern English birth, which was borrowed from Old Norse byrth. This came from the same… …

    Word origins

  • 38 birth —  a place or station ; a good birth ; mine is the next birth. Kent. This word is used by seamen of all counties in the same sense ; to BIRTH a floor, to place or lay down a floor …

    A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • 39 Birth — Recorded in various spellings including Barth, Bart, Barts, Berth, Berthe, Birth, Borthe, Burth, and Byrth, this unusual surname is medieval, and generally English, although recorded in similar spellings in Scotland and throughout Europe. It is,… …

    Surnames reference

  • 40 birth — bɜːθ v. give birth, bear n. act of being born; act of giving birth; descent, lineage …

    English contemporary dictionary