A woman holding her baby just after giving birth.
- The definition of birth is related biologically.
An example of birth used as an adjective is birth mother.
- Birth is defined as a baby emerging from a mother's womb or the start of something.
- When a pregnant woman delivers a baby and the child comes from her womb out of the birth canal into the world, this is an example of birth.
- When two friends are sitting around and one of them has an idea to start a company, which they then go on to start, the initial conversation about the company is an example of the birth of the company.
- Birth is the act of having a newborn travel from your womb through the birth canal and out into the world.
When a pregnant woman has contractions, goes to the hospital and has her baby delivered, this is an example of a situation where she births the baby.
- the act of bringing forth offspring
- the act or fact of coming into life, or of being born; nativity
- origin or natal background: a Spaniard by birth
- good or noble lineage: a man of birth
- the beginning of anything: the birth of a nation
- an inherited or natural inclination or talent: an actress by birth
Origin of birthMiddle English birthe, burthe ; from Old Norse byrth, akin to Old English gebyrde, byrde, Gothic gabaurths ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhrto, past participle of base an unverified form bher-, bear
give birth to
- to bring forth (offspring)
- to be the cause or origin of; originate; create
- a. The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of the mother.b. The act or process of bearing young; parturition: the mare's second birth.c. The circumstances or conditions relating to this event, as its time or location: an incident that took place before my birth; a Bostonian by birth.
- a. The set of characteristics or circumstances received from one's ancestors; inheritance: strong-willed by birth; acquired their wealth through birth.b. Origin; extraction: of Swedish birth; of humble birth.c. Noble or high status: persons of birth.
- A beginning or commencement. See Synonyms at beginning.
transitive verbbirthed, birth·ing, births
- To deliver (a baby).
- Chiefly Southern US To bear (a child).
Origin of birthMiddle English, probably of Scandinavian origin; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural births)
- (uncountable) The process of childbearing; the beginning of life.
- (countable) An instance of childbirth.
- Intersex babies account for roughly one per cent of all births.
- (countable) A beginning or start; a point of origin.
- the birth of an empire
- (uncountable) The circumstances of one's background, ancestry, or upbringing.
- He was of noble birth, but fortune had not favored him.
- That which is born.
- (beginning of life): death
- A familial relationship established by childbirth.
- Her birth father left when she was a baby; she was raised by her mother and stepfather.
(third-person singular simple present births, present participle birthing, simple past and past participle birthed)
- The term give birth (to) is much more common, especially in literal use.
From Middle English birthe (1250), from earlier burthe, burde, from Old Norse burðr, byrd (Old Swedish byrth, Swedish börd), replacing Old English gebyrd (rare variant byrþ) . The Old Norse is from Proto-Germanic *burdiz (compare Old Frisian berde, berd); Old English gebyrd is from prefixed *gaburdiz (compare Dutch geboorte, German Geburt), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰr̥tis (compare Latin fors ‘luck’, Old Irish brith), from *bʰer- ‘to carry, bear’. More at bear.