n. & v.
1. the emergence of a (usu. fully developed) infant or other young from the body of its mother.
2 rhet. the beginning or coming into existence of something (the birth of civilization; the birth of socialism).
3 a origin, descent, ancestry (of noble birth). b high or noble birth; inherited position.
--v.tr. US colloq.
1. to give birth to.
2 to assist (a woman) to give birth.
Phrases and idioms:
birth certificate an official document identifying a person by name, place, date of birth, and parentage. birth control the control of the number of children one conceives, esp. by contraception. birth pill the contraceptive pill. birth rate the number of live births per thousand of population per year. give birth bear a child etc. give birth to
1. produce (young) from the womb.
2 cause to begin, found.
Etymology: ME f. ON byrth f. Gmc: see BEAR(1), -TH(2)