Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of BIRTH

Pronunciation:  burth

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the event of being born; "they celebrated the birth of their first child"
  2. [n]  the process of giving birth
  3. [n]  the kinship relation of an offspring to the parents
  4. [n]  the time when something begins (especially life); "they divorced after the birth of the child" or"his election signaled the birth of a new age"
  5. [v]  give birth (to a newborn); "My wife had twins yesterday!"

BIRTH is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bear, birthing, deliver, give birth, giving birth, have, nascence, nascency, nativity, parentage, parturition
 Antonyms: death, death, decease, demise, dying
 See Also: accouchement, alteration, beginning, biological process, bring forth, brooding, calving, change, childbearing, childbed, childbirth, commencement, conceive, confinement, cradle, delivery, drop, egg laying, family relationship, farrow, farrowing, first, foal, hatch, hatching, incubation, kickoff, kinship, kitten, labor, labour, lamb, laying, life, lifespan, lifetime, litter, live birth, lying-in, modification, offset, organic process, outset, parturiency, posthumous birth, produce, rebirth, reincarnation, relationship, reproduction, start, starting time, travail, twin, vaginal birth



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Birth\ (b[~e]rth), n. [OE. burth, birth, AS. beor[edt],
    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.
    2. Lineage; extraction; descent; sometimes, high birth; noble
             Elected without reference to birth, but solely for
             qualifications.                       --Prescott.
    3. The condition to which a person is born; natural state or
       position; inherited disposition or tendency.
             A foe by birth to Troy's unhappy name. --Dryden.
    4. The act of bringing forth; as, she had two children at a
       birth. ``At her next birth.'' --Milton.
    5. That which is born; that which is produced, whether animal
       or vegetable.
             Poets are far rarer births than kings. --B. Jonson.
             Others hatch their eggs and tend the birth till it
             is able to shift for itself.          --Addison.
    6. Origin; beginning; as, the birth of an empire.
    {New birth} (Theol.), regeneration, or the commencement of a
       religious life.
    Syn: Parentage; extraction; lineage; race; family.
  2. \Birth\, n.
    See {Berth}. [Obs.] --De Foe.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of giving birth or see someone else giving birth, suggests that you are giving birth to a new idea or project. It also represents a new attitude, fresh beginnings or a major upcoming event. Alternatively, the dream may be calling attention to your inner child and the potential for your to grow. A more direct interpretation of this dream, may represent your desires/ anxieties of giving birth or the anticipation for such an event to occur. Dreaming that you are giving birth to a non-human creature means you overwhelming (an unfounded) fear in the health of your baby. You are overly concerned that your baby may have birth defects. This type of dream is common in expectant mothers in their second trimester. If you are not expecting, then it refers to your fear in the outcome of some decision or project. You are trying to overcome difficulties in your life and achieve inner development. In particular, if you dream that you are giving birth to a monster, then it implies that your inner creative energy has yet to differentiate itself and grow into expression. You may hold some hesitation in releasing this "monster" for fear that others will judge your or that they will not accept your ideals. Dreaming that the mother dies during birth, represents transformation. The dream represents the ending of one thing (death) and the new beginning of another thing (birth). You may be making life changes or getting rid of your old habits and ways.
Easton Bible Dictionary

As soon as a child was born it was washed, and rubbed with salt (Ezek. 16:4), and then swathed with bandages (Job 38:9; Luke 2:7, 12). A Hebrew mother remained forty days in seclusion after the birth of a son, and after the birth of a daughter double that number of days. At the close of that period she entered into the tabernacle or temple and offered up a sacrifice of purification (Lev. 12:1-8; Luke 2:22). A son was circumcised on the eighth day after his birth, being thereby consecrated to God (Gen. 17:10-12; comp. Rom. 4:11). Seasons of misfortune are likened to the pains of a woman in travail, and seasons of prosperity to the joy that succeeds child-birth (Isa. 13:8; Jer. 4:31; John 16:21, 22). The natural birth is referred to as the emblem of the new birth (John 3:3-8; Gal. 6:15; Titus 3:5, etc.).

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abiogenesis, abortion, accouchement, affiliation, allele, allelomorph, Altmann theory, 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, De Vries theory, delivery, derivation, descent, determinant, determiner, development, diathesis, digenesis, direct line, distaff side, distinction, DNA, emergence, endowment, engender, epigenesis, eugenics, eumerogenesis, existence, extraction, factor, family, father, female line, filiation, freshman year, Galtonian theory, 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, Mendelianism, Mendelism, 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, RNA, 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, Verworn theory, viability, vitality, vivacity, Weismann theory, Weismannism, Wiesner theory, youth