Midwife

  • 1 midwife — [mid′wīf΄] n. pl. midwives [mid′wīvz΄] [ME midwyf < mid, with < OE (< Gmc mithi < IE * meti < base * me > MID1, Ger mit, Gr meta) + wif, woman (see WIFE): basic sense “woman with, woman assisting”] a person (now, esp., a… …

    English World dictionary

  • 2 Midwife — Mid wife , v. i. To perform the office of midwife. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Midwife — Mid wife , n.; pl. {Midwives}. [OE. midwif, fr. AS. mid with (akin to Gr. ?) + ? woman, wife. Properly, the woman or wife who is attendant upon a woman in childbirth. See {Meta }, and {Wife}.] A woman who assists other women in childbirth; a… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Midwife — Mid wife , v. t. To assist in childbirth. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 midwife — (n.) c.1300, woman assisting, lit. woman who is with (the mother at birth), from M.E. mid with (see MID (Cf. mid)) + wif woman (see WIFE (Cf. wife)). Cognate with Ger. Beifrau …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 midwife — ► NOUN ▪ a nurse who is trained to assist women in childbirth. DERIVATIVES midwifery noun. ORIGIN probably from obsolete mid «with» + WIFE(Cf. ↑wifely) (in the sense «woman») …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 Midwife — A person trained to assist a woman during childbirth. Many midwives also provide prenatal care for pregnant women, birth education for women and their partners, and care for mothers and newborn babies after the birth. A midwife may be a man or a… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 8 midwife — mid·wife (mĭd’wīf′) n. pl. mid·wives ( wīvz′) 1) A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth. 2) One who assists in or takes a part in bringing about a result: » In the Renaissance, artists and writers start to serve… …

    Word Histories

  • 9 midwife — 1. noun /ˈmɪd.waɪf/ a) A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth, but who is not a physician. A hundred years ago, a midwife would bring the baby into the world going to a hospital to deliver a baby was either… …

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  • 10 midwife — [14] A midwife is etymologically a ‘with woman’. The mid element represents the long extinct preposition mid ‘with’ (its Germanic relatives are still alive and well: German mit, Dutch met, and Swedish and Danish med). Wife preserves the original… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 11 midwife — UK [ˈmɪdˌwaɪf] / US noun [countable] Word forms midwife : singular midwife plural midwives UK [ˈmɪdˌwaɪvz] / US a nurse whose job is to look after women when they are giving birth to a baby …

    English dictionary

  • 12 midwife — [14] A midwife is etymologically a ‘with woman’. The mid element represents the long extinct preposition mid ‘with’ (its Germanic relatives are still alive and well: German mit, Dutch met, and Swedish and Danish med). Wife preserves the original… …

    Word origins

  • 13 midwife — I. noun Etymology: Middle English midwif, from mid with (from Old English) + wif woman Date: 14th century 1. a person who assists women in childbirth compare nurse midwife 2. one that helps to produce or bring forth something II. transitive verb… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 midwife — /mid wuyf /, n., pl. midwives / wuyvz /, v., midwifed or midwived, midwifing or wiving. n. 1. a person trained to assist women in childbirth. 2. a person or thing that produces or aids in producing something new or different. v.t. 3. to assist in …

    Universalium

  • 15 midwife — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ certified nurse (AmE), qualified (esp. BrE), registered (BrE) ▪ community (BrE), local MIDWIFE + VERB ▪ deliver a baby …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 midwife — [[t]mɪ̱dwaɪf[/t]] midwives N COUNT A midwife is a nurse who is trained to deliver babies and to advise pregnant women …

    English dictionary

  • 17 midwife —   Pale keiki.    ♦ To act as midwife, ho ohānau …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 18 Midwife —    The two midwives mentioned in Ex. 1:15 were probably the superintendents of the whole class …

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • 19 midwife — Synonyms and related words: Charlie McCarthy, agent, ancilla, appliance, bonesetter, chiropractor, contrivance, creature, device, dummy, dupe, go between, handmaid, handmaiden, healer, homeopath, homeopathist, implement, instrument, interagent,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 midwife — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. accoucheuse, attendant, practitioner, assistant, obstetrician, one who delivers, sage femme (French) …

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