Birth

Definition of Birth

Pronunciation: bẽrth
n.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 extraction.
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.
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.
1.See Berth.

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