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birth pangs

Definition:

a regularly recurrent spasm of pain that is characteristic of childbirth

Class:

state noun (stable states of affairs)

Usage:

plural

Type of:

pang » pain » symptom » evidence

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

labor pains [American spelling, plural] | labour pains [British/Canadian spelling, plural]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Childbirth | labour | delivery | birth | partus | parturition

the culmination of a pregnancy period with the expulsion of one or more newborn infants from a woman's uterus. The process of normal childbirth is categorized in three stages of labour: the shortening and dilation of the cervix, descent and birth of... (42 of 8521 words, 9 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Childbirth

Merriam-Webster:

birth pang | birth pangs [plural]

"birth pangs": one of the regularly recurrent pains that are characteristic of childbirth | "birth pangs": disorder and distress incident especially ... (20 of 42 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/birth pang

American Heritage Dictionary:

birth pang | birth pangs [sense-specific]

One of the repetitive pains occurring in childbirth. Often used in the plural. | "birth pangs": Difficulty or turmoil associated with a development or ... (23 of 34 words, 2 definitions)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/birth-pang

Random House Dictionary:

birth pangs

pains associated with the process of childbirth. | [informal] the hardships and difficulties accompanying a major innovation, change, or new venture. (20 of 23 words, 2 definitions)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/birth-pangs

Wiktionary:

birth pangs

Plural form of birth pang | The difficulty associated with a new project. (12 of 15 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/birth pangs

Collins Dictionary:

labour pains [medicine] | labor pains [United States]

the pains felt during the contractions of childbirth (8 of 348 words, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/labour-pains

Oxford Dictionary:

pang

a sudden sharp pain or painful emotion (7 of 58 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pang

Macmillan British Dictionary:

pang [countable] | pangs [plural]

a very strong, sudden, and unpleasant pain or emotion (9 of 38 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pang

Cambridge Dictionary:

pang

a sudden sharp feeling, especially of painful emotion (8 of 29 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pang

New World Dictionary:

pang

a sudden, sharp, and brief pain, physical or emotional; spasm of distress (12 of 21 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pang

Encarta Dictionary:

pang | pangs [plural]

a short sharp pain | a sudden, intense, and usually distressing feeling (11 of 30 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861723471​/definition​.html  [offline]

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