• the Birth of a King and his Double
    the Birth of a King and his Double
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v birth cause to be born "My wife had twins yesterday!"
    • n birth the event of being born "they celebrated the birth of their first child"
    • n birth a baby born; an offspring "the overall rate of incidence of Down's syndrome is one in every 800 births"
    • n birth the process of giving birth
    • n birth the kinship relation of an offspring to the parents
    • n birth the time when something begins (especially life) "they divorced after the birth of the child","his election signaled the birth of a new age"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Birth. Dakota Birth. Dakota
Birth, generic. N.A. Indians Birth, generic. N.A. Indians

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1917, Margaret Sanger was jailed for one month for establishing the first birth control clinic
    • Birth Lineage; extraction; descent; sometimes, high birth; noble extraction. "Elected without reference to birth , but solely for qualifications."
    • Birth Origin; beginning; as, the birth of an empire.
    • n Birth See Berth.
    • Birth That which is born; that which is produced, whether animal or vegetable. "Poets are far rarer births than kings.""Others hatch their eggs and tend the birth till it is able to shift for itself."
    • Birth The act of bringing forth; as, she had two children at a birth . "At her next birth ."
    • Birth The act or fact of coming into life, or of being born; -- generally applied to human beings; as, the birth of a son.
    • Birth 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only bone fully grown at birth is located in the ear
    • n birth The fact of being born; nativity.
    • n birth By extension, any act or fact of coming into existence; beginning; origination: as, the birth of Protestantism.
    • n birth The act of bearing or bringing forth; parturition: as, “at her next birth,”
    • n birth The condition into which a person is born; lineage; extraction; descent: as, Grecian birth; noble birth: sometimes, absolutely, descent from noble or honorable parents and ancestors: as, a man of birth.
    • n birth That which is born; that which is produced.
    • n birth Nature; kind; sex; natural character.
    • n birth In astrology, nativity; fortune.
    • n birth See berth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One out of every five births in the United States are delivered by Cesarean section
    • n Birth bėrth a ship's station at anchor.
    • n Birth bėrth the act of bearing or bringing forth: the offspring born: dignity of family: origin
    • adj Birth relating to the day of one's birth
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  • Emily Prager
    Emily Prager
    “Beauty is the still birth of suffering, every woman knows that.”
  • Samuel Beckett
    “Birth was the death of him.”
  • Erma Bombeck
    “Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.”
  • Jeremy Collier
    Jeremy Collier
    “How many feasible projects have miscarried through despondency, and been strangled in their birth by a cowardly imagination.”
  • Aaron Hill
    Aaron Hill
    “Customs form us all, our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed beliefs; are consequences of our place of birth.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore grieve not for what is inevitable.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. burth, birth, AS. beorð, gebyrd, fr. beran, to bear, bring forth; akin to D. geboorte, OHG. burt, giburt, G. geburt, Icel. burðr, Skr. bhrti, bearing, supporting; cf. Ir. & Gael. beirthe, born, brought forth. √92. See 1st Bear, and cf. Berth


In literature:

He turned the conversation to a discussion of the superiorities of birth, and lauded the distinction of the hereditary classes.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
This is an instance of Inclusion as to the men, of Exclusion and Concurrence as to date of birth and death.
"Assimilative Memory" by Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Cleander, the successor of Perennis, was a Phrygian by birth; of a nation over whose stubborn but servile temper blows only could prevail.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
Does not your heart smite you when you think of the country which gave you birth?
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Whatever my birth, I am as much your son in the light of Heaven as Jacob was the son of Isaac, or David of Jesse.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Birth of seven children three times following, 347.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
On the 5th of September, 1638, the king was greeted with the joyful tidings of the birth of a son.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
No bronze cannon can sound over the land at the birth of a royal child as the thunder sounded at the death of the old oak.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Some tribes are reported to be ignorant of the natural cause of birth.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
It is a continuous process which begins at birth and ceases only at the end of life.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley

In poetry:

Oh fair Harmonia! God is love,
Who gave thee to our earth,
To renovate and lift above
Our birth.
"The Angels Of Earth" by James Avis Bartley
For a nuisance you are,
In this land of your birth,
Held down by his hand,
And crushed to the earth.
"Colonization Song" by Anonymous Americas
Shed their soft light.
Spirits of heav'nly birth,
Fairer than sons of earth,
Quivering emotions true
"From Faust - IV. Chorus Of Spirits" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
At her birth
she did not cry,
spanked indeed,
but did not yell—
instead snow fell out of her mouth.
"End, Middle, Beginning" by Anne Sexton
You’re ignorant I know.
In this land of your birth,
And religion though pure,
Cannot move the curse.
"Colonization Song" by Anonymous Americas
To Diana at her birthe
Her parents did her geve,
All untouchte a mayden's lyfe
Durynge her dayes to lyue:
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer

In news:

Then Gabriel delivered his prophetic message: "You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus" (Luke 1:31 NIV).
It's not that they couldn't yield to the Spirit of God and work with Him to birth something new.
All former pro- birth programs must now push in the direction of stopping human birth , not encouraging it.
She is blogging from a remote village in Uganda, where she and 23 other women are helping to build an eco- birthing center for women with HIV/AIDS women as part of the Global Seva Challenge.
Seventeen years old, her name was Miriam and this was her first birth .
As is the custom, the mother-in-law attends the birth , but there was no one.
"Years of seeing women scream on television during labor, like it's the worst thing ever, make them terrified of giving birth ," says Elizabeth Davis, a midwife and birth educator from Sebastopol.
But if women can believe in birth without pain, then an orgasmic birth becomes possible, she says.
Their babies were lodged in their narrow birth canals, and the resulting pressure cut off blood to vital tissues and ripped holes in their bowels or urethras, or both.
A normal presentation in the birth of a lamb will begin with the appearance of the front legs, followed by the nose and then — once the shoulders pass through the birth canal — the rest of the delivery will proceed quickly and easily.
New birthing center to open in Centerville.
In tonight's HealthierMe, the US birth rate continues to fall -- a likely result of the weak economy.
The centers for disease control and prevention reports births declined 1% in 2011.
Teenage birthrates have tracked a relatively steady downward trend since 1991, when the rate was 61.8 births per 1,000 teens.
Associated Press file The March of Dimes gave the United States a 'D' and Ohio an 'F' in its annual report card on preterm births.

In science:

Births and random deaths for both strategies.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
However, if one goes back far enough in time, there were no condensible atoms because their initial production must follow the birth of stars.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
The mechanisms of birth, growth and destruction of grains are very complex and poorly understood.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Establishing formation rates of neutron stars and determining the beaming fraction and luminosity characteristics of pulsars is important for understanding the birth and emission characteristics of the pulsar population.
Radio Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds
Making modest assumptions about the distribution of rapidly rotating neutron stars, the rates of their birth and – most importantly – the efficiency rate for acceleration of the particles at the light cylinder, an expected flux of these particles on Earth is compared to the data.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP