birth


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Berth \Berth\ (b[~e]rth), n. [From the root of bear to produce,
   like birth nativity. See Birth.] [Also written birth.]
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   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.
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   2. An allotted place; an appointment; situation or
      employment. "He has a good berth." --Totten.
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   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.
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   Berth deck, the deck next below the lower gun deck. --Ham.
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   To give (the land or any object) a wide berth, to keep at
      a distance from it.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Birth \Birth\ (b[~e]rth), n. [OE. burth, birth, AS. beor[eth],
   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.
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   2. Lineage; extraction; descent; sometimes, high birth; noble
      extraction.
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            Elected without reference to birth, but solely for
            qualifications.                       --Prescott.
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   3. The condition to which a person is born; natural state or
      position; inherited disposition or tendency.
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            A foe by birth to Troy's unhappy name. --Dryden.
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   4. The act of bringing forth; as, she had two children at a
      birth. "At her next birth." --Milton.
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   5. That which is born; that which is produced, whether animal
      or vegetable.
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            Poets are far rarer births than kings. --B. Jonson.
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            Others hatch their eggs and tend the birth till it
            is able to shift for itself.          --Addison.
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   6. Origin; beginning; as, the birth of an empire.
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   New birth (Theol.), regeneration, or the commencement of a
      religious life.
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   Syn: Parentage; extraction; lineage; race; family.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Birth \Birth\, n.
   See Berth. [Obs.] --De Foe.
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