1. The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of the mother.
2. The act or process of bearing young; parturition:
the mare's second birth.
3. The circumstances or conditions relating to this event, as its time or location:
an incident that took place before my birth; a Bostonian by birth.
4. The set of characteristics or circumstances received from one's ancestors; inheritance:
strong-willed by birth; acquired their wealth through birth.
5. Origin; extraction:
of Swedish birth; of humble birth.
6. Noble or high status:
persons of birth.
8. To deliver (a baby).
9. To bear (a child).
10. Middle English
11. [probably of Scandinavian origin] * see bher- 1
[可能源自斯堪的纳维亚语] *参见 bher- 1
12. Until recently, the use of birth as a verb meaning “to bear (a child)” has been confined to Southern speech: “Heap o' good it do a woman to birth a mess o' young uns and raise 'em and then have 'em all go off to oncet” (Marjorie K. Rawlings). Recently, however, the nonstandard Southern usage has coincided with widespread usage of verbs derived from nouns, such as parent, network, and microwave. Birth in this new usage is most commonly found in its present participial form and is used as an adjective in the compound birthing room.
以前birth 意为生育（孩子）的动词用法仅限于南方语言： 一个女人生养一大堆孩子，然后他们都一起离开家庭，这对于她来说有很大好处。” （玛乔里·K·罗林斯）。但是最近，这种不标准的南方用法与广泛使用名词作动词的用法相吻合，如作父母，连网络 和 传送微波。 Birth这种新的用法常见于现在分词形式并用于合成词中的形容词 育婴室