Delivery vs Birth - What's the difference?

delivery | birth |

As nouns the difference between delivery and birth

is that delivery is the act of conveying something while birth is (uncountable) the process of childbearing; the beginning of life.

As an adjective birth is

a familial relationship established by childbirth.

As a verb birth is

(dated|or|regional) to bear or give birth to (a child).

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • The act of conveying something.
  • The delivery was completed by four.
    delivery of a nuclear missile to its target
  • The item which has been conveyed.
  • Your delivery is on the table.
  • The act of giving birth
  • The delivery was painful.
  • (baseball) A pitching motion.
  • ''His delivery has a catch in it.
  • (baseball) A thrown pitch.
  • ''Here is the delivery ; ... strike three!
  • The manner of speaking.
  • The actor's delivery was flawless.
  • * 1919 ,
  • I shall not tell what Dr. Coutras related to me in his words, but in my own, for I cannot hope to give at second hand any impression of his vivacious delivery .
  • * {{quote-news
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  • (medicine) administration of a drug
  • Drug delivery system .
  • (cricket) A ball .
  • (curling) The process of throwing a stone.
  • Derived terms

    * delivery room * special delivery




  • (uncountable) The process of childbearing; the beginning of life.
  • (countable) An instance of childbirth.
  • Intersex babies account for roughly one per cent of all births .
  • (countable) A beginning or start; a point of origin.
  • the birth of an empire
  • (uncountable) The circumstances of one's background, ancestry, or upbringing.
  • He was of noble birth , but fortune had not favored him.
  • * Prescott
  • elected without reference to birth , but solely for qualifications
  • That which is born.
  • * Ben Jonson
  • Poets are far rarer births than kings.
  • * Addison
  • Others hatch their eggs and tend the birth till it is able to shift for itself.
  • Antonyms

    * (beginning of life) death



  • A familial relationship established by childbirth.
  • Her birth father left when she was a baby; she was raised by her mother and stepfather.


    * biological, blood, consanguineous


    (en verb)
  • (dated, or, regional) To bear or give birth to (a child).
  • * 1939 ,
  • "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies!"
  • (figuratively) To produce, give rise to.
  • * 2006 , R. Bruce Hull, Infinite Nature , University of Chicago Press, ISBN 9780226359441, page 156:
  • Biological evolution created a human mind that enabled cultural evolution, which now outpaces and outclasses the force that birthed it.

    Usage notes

    * The term is much more common, especially in literal use.

    Derived terms

    * accident of birth * birth control * birthdate * birthday * birthing * birth mother * birth pangs * birth parent * birth pill * birthplace * birthrate * birthright * birthstone * birth tourism * breech birth * give birth * noble birth * virgin birth 1000 English basic words ----