mid•wifePronunciation: (mid'wīf"), [key]
—n., pl. -wivesPronunciation: (-wīvz"), [key]
—v., -wifed or -wived, -wif•ing or wiv•ing.
a person trained to assist women in childbirth.
a person or thing that produces or aids in producing something new or different.
to assist in the birth of (a baby).
to produce or aid in producing (something new): to midwife a new generation of computers.
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