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. 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. 1. to give birth to.
2. to assist in giving birth; act as midwife for.