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Birth, 1) the act of coming into life: “truer stars did govern Proteus' b.,” Gentl. II, 7, 74. Wiv. V, 5, 87. LLL IV, 2, 36. V, 2, 521. Wint. IV, 4, 80. H6C V, 6, 44. Troil. IV, 4, 40 etc. Plur. “births:” Wint. V, 1, 118. R3 IV, 4, 215 (Ff birth).
2) the act of bringing forth: “two children at one b.” H6B IV, 2, 147. “both at a b.” Oth. II, 3, 212. “a grievous burthen was thy b. to me,” R3 IV, 4, 167. “am I a mother to the b. of three?” Cymb. V, 5, 369.
3) that which is born: “a dearer b. than this his love had brought,” Sonn. 32, 11. Tp. II, 1, 230. Ado IV, 1, 215. LLL I, 1, 104 etc. Plur. “births:” H4B IV, 4, 122. H5 V, 2, 35.
4) extraction, descent: “some glory in their b.” Sonn. 91, 1. 37, 5. 76, 8. Gentl. I, 3, 33. V, 2, 22. Wiv. III, 4, 4. Ado II, 1, 172. Merch. II, 7, 32. As I, 1, 10. Shr. Ind. 2, 20. H6A I, 2, 72. II, 4, 28. II, 5, 73. III, 1, 95. III, 3, 61. V, 1, 59. H6B IV, 2, 152. V, 1, 119. R3 III, 7, 120. V, 5, 15 (--s) etc. a match of b. == a high-born match, John II, 430.
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