Birth Birth (b[~e]rth), n. [OE. burth, birth, AS. beor[eth], gebyrd, fr. beran to bear, bring forth; akin to D. geboorte, OHG. burt, giburt, G. geburt, Icel. bur[eth]r, Skr. bhrti bearing, supporting; cf. Ir. & Gael. beirthe born, brought forth. [root]92. See 1st {Bear}, and cf. {Berth}.] 1. The act or fact of coming into life, or of being born; -- generally applied to human beings; as, the birth of a son. [1913 Webster]

2. Lineage; extraction; descent; sometimes, high birth; noble extraction. [1913 Webster]

Elected without reference to birth, but solely for qualifications. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

3. The condition to which a person is born; natural state or position; inherited disposition or tendency. [1913 Webster]

A foe by birth to Troy's unhappy name. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. The act of bringing forth; as, she had two children at a birth. ``At her next birth.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. That which is born; that which is produced, whether animal or vegetable. [1913 Webster]

Poets are far rarer births than kings. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

Others hatch their eggs and tend the birth till it is able to shift for itself. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

6. Origin; beginning; as, the birth of an empire. [1913 Webster]

{New birth} (Theol.), regeneration, or the commencement of a religious life. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Parentage; extraction; lineage; race; family. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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