Meaning of BIRTH in English

/berrth/ , n.

1. an act or instance of being born: the day of his birth.

2. the act or process of bearing or bringing forth offspring; childbirth; parturition: a difficult birth.

3. lineage; extraction; descent: of Grecian birth.

4. high or noble lineage: to be foolishly vain about one's birth.

5. natural heritage: a musician by birth.

6. any coming into existence; origin; beginning: the birth of Protestantism; the birth of an idea.

7. Archaic. something that is born.

8. give birth to ,

a. to bear (a child).

b. to initiate; originate: Her hobby gave birth to a successful business.

v.t. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.

9. to give birth to.

10. to assist in giving birth; act as midwife for.

[ 1150-1200; ME byrthe byrth; c. OE gebyrd, OHG giburt, Goth gabaurths ]

Syn. 3. parentage, ancestry, line, blood, family, race. 6. start, commencement, inception, genesis; launching, inauguration.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .