NounBirth (countable and uncountable; plural Births)
- (uncountable) The process of childbearing.
- (countable) An instance of childbirth.
- (countable) A beginning or start; a point of origin.
- (uncountable) The circumstances of one's background, ancestry, or upbringing.
Birth (not comparable)
- A familial relationship established by childbirth.
Adjectives for Birth
checkered; illustrious; multiple (pi); doubtful; restless; mystic; abhorred; prodigious; timeless; visible; high; noble; royal; immortal; declining; exotic; heavenly; unnatural; approaching; violent; promfymous; mortal; majestic; wondrous; adulterated; hallowed; painful; miraculous; princely portentous; abortive; vernal; unexceptional worthy; monstrous; ill-starred; fated; celebrated ; virgin.
Verbs for Birth
announce—; assist at—; attend at—; celebrate—; extol—; foretell—; govern—; herald—; honor—; manifest at—; preside over—; record—; register—; rejoice at—; restrict —s; travail in—; — decline; — occurs.
abiogenesis, abortion, accouchement, affiliation, allele, allelomorph, ancestry, animal spirits, animate existence, animation, apparentation, archigenesis, aristocracy, aristocraticalness, babyhood, bear, bearing, beget, beginning, beginnings, being alive, biogenesis, birth throes, birthing, blastogenesis, blessed event, blood, bloodline, blue blood, branch, breed, bring to birth, character, childbearing, childbed, childbirth, childhood, chromatid, chromatin, chromosome, commencement, common ancestry, confinement, consanguinity, cradle, creation, dawn, dawning, delivery, derivation, descent, determinant, determiner, development, diathesis, digenesis, direct line, distaff side, distinction, emergence, endowment, engender, epigenesis, eugenics, eumerogenesis, existence, extraction, factor, family, father, female line, filiation, freshman year, gene, generation, genesiology, genesis, genetic code, genetics, genteelness, gentility, give birth to, giving birth, hatching, having a baby, having life, hereditability, heredity, heritability, heritage, heterogenesis, histogenesis, homogenesis, honorable descent, house, immortality, inborn capacity, inception, inchoation, incipience, incipiency, incunabula, infancy, inheritability, inheritance, isogenesis, labor, life, lifetime, line, line of descent, lineage, liveliness, living, long life, longevity, male line, matrocliny, merogenesis, metagenesis, miscarriage, monogenesis, mother, multiparity, nascence, nascency, nativity, nobility, noble birth, nobleness, onset, opening, origin, origination, orthogenesis, outset, outstart, pangenesis, parentage, parthenogenesis, parturition, patrocliny, pharmacogenetics, phylum, pregnancy, procreate, procreation, quality, race, rank, recessive character, replication, royalty, seed, sept, side, sire, slip, spear side, spindle side, spontaneous generation, spriteliness, start, stem, stirps, stock, strain, succession, sword side, the Nativity, the stork, travail, viability, vitality, vivacity, youth
- enPR: bû(r)th, IPA: /bɜː(ɹ)θ/, SAMPA: /b3:(r)T/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)θ
- Homophone: berth
(Can we verify this etymology?) From Old Norse burðr (rare variant byrð), which replaced Old English gebyrd (rare variant byrþ) in Middle English. The Old Norse word derived from the proto-Germanic root *burþi-, *burdi-; another descendant of this root is the Old Frisian berde, berd. The Old English word derived from the proto-Germanic root *gaburdi-; another descendant of this root is the Old High German giburt (Middle High German geburt, modern German Geburt). All of these words derive from the Proto-Indo-European root *bʰer-.
- The phrase give birth (to) is much more common, especially in literal use.