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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Berth  \Berth\,  n.  [From  the  root  of  bear  to  produce,  like  birth 
  nativity.  See  {Birth}.]  [Also  written  {birth}.] 
  1.  (Naut.) 
  a  Convenient  sea  room 
  b  A  room  in  which  a  number  of  the  officers  or  ship's 
  company  mess  and  reside. 
  c  The  place  where  a  ship  lies  when  she  is  at  anchor,  or 
  at  a  wharf. 
 
  2.  An  allotted  place  an  appointment;  situation  or 
  employment.  ``He  has  a  good  berth.''  --Totten. 
 
  3.  A  place  in  a  ship  to  sleep  in  a  long  box  or  shelf  on  the 
  side  of  a  cabin  or  stateroom,  or  of  a  railway  car  for 
  sleeping  in 
 
  {Berth  deck},  the  deck  next  below  the  lower  gun  deck.  --Ham. 
  Nav.  Encyc. 
 
  {To  give}  (the  land  or  any  object)  {a  wide  berth},  to  keep  at 
  a  distance  from  it 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Birth  \Birth\  (b[~e]rth),  n.  [OE.  burth,  birth,  AS  beor[edt], 
  gebyrd  fr  beran  to  bear,  bring  forth;  akin  to  D.  geboorte 
  OHG.  burt,  giburt  G.  geburt  Icel.  bur[eth]r,  Skr.  bhrti 
  bearing,  supporting;  cf  Ir  &  Gael.  beirthe  born,  brought 
  forth.  [root]92.  See  1st  {Bear},  and  cf  {Berth}.] 
  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.  ``At  her  next  birth.''  --Milton. 
 
  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. 
 
  Syn:  Parentage;  extraction;  lineage;  race;  family. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Birth  \Birth\,  n. 
  See  {Berth}.  [Obs.]  --De  Foe. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  birth 
  n  1:  the  time  when  something  begins  (especially  life);  "they 
  divorced  after  the  birth  of  the  child"  or  "his  election 
  signaled  the  birth  of  a  new  age"  [ant:  {death}] 
  2:  the  event  of  being  born;  "they  celebrated  the  birth  of  their 
  first  child"  [syn:  {nativity},  {nascency},  {nascence}] 
  [ant:  {death}] 
  3:  the  process  of  giving  birth  [syn:  {parturition},  {giving 
  birth},  {birthing}] 
  4:  the  kinship  relation  of  an  offspring  to  the  parents  [syn:  {parentage}] 
  v  :  give  birth  (to  a  newborn);  "My  wife  had  twins  yesterday!" 
  [syn:  {give  birth},  {deliver},  {bear},  {birthe},  {have}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Birth 
  As  soon  as  a  child  was  born  it  was  washed,  and  rubbed  with  salt 
  (Ezek.  16:4),  and  then  swathed  with  bandages  (Job  38:9;  Luke 
  2:7,  12).  A  Hebrew  mother  remained  forty  days  in  seclusion  after 
  the  birth  of  a  son,  and  after  the  birth  of  a  daughter  double 
  that  number  of  days.  At  the  close  of  that  period  she  entered 
  into  the  tabernacle  or  temple  and  offered  up  a  sacrifice  of 
  purification  (Lev.  12:1-8;  Luke  2:22).  A  son  was  circumcised  on 
  the  eighth  day  after  his  birth,  being  thereby  consecrated  to  God 
  (Gen.  17:10-12;  comp.  Rom.  4:11).  Seasons  of  misfortune  are 
  likened  to  the  pains  of  a  woman  in  travail,  and  seasons  of 
  prosperity  to  the  joy  that  succeeds  child-birth  (Isa.  13:8;  Jer. 
  4:31;  John  16:21,  22).  The  natural  birth  is  referred  to  as  the 
  emblem  of  the  new  birth  (John  3:3-8;  Gal.  6:15;  Titus  3:5, 
  etc.). 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  BIRTH,  n.  The  first  and  direst  of  all  disasters.  As  to  the  nature  of 
  it  there  appears  to  be  no  uniformity.  Castor  and  Pollux  were  born 
  from  the  egg.  Pallas  came  out  of  a  skull.  Galatea  was  once  a  block 
  of  stone.  Peresilis  who  wrote  in  the  tenth  century,  avers  that  he 
  grew  up  out  of  the  ground  where  a  priest  had  spilled  holy  water.  It 
  is  known  that  Arimaxus  was  derived  from  a  hole  in  the  earth,  made  by  a 
  stroke  of  lightning.  Leucomedon  was  the  son  of  a  cavern  in  Mount 
  Aetna  and  I  have  myself  seen  a  man  come  out  of  a  wine  cellar. 
 
 




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