birth: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (bûrth), [key]
— 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. something that is born.
  8. Her hobby gave birth to a successful business.
    1. to bear (a child).
    2. to initiate; originate:Her hobby gave birth to a successful business.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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