- (archaic) The act or process of childbirth or childbearing.
- 1838, Robert Southey, chapter 11, in The Poetical Works of Robert Southey: Collected by Himself, volume 4, page 416:
- Zalzer marries Rodahver, who is likely to die in childing; he then burns the feather, and the Simorg appears and orders the Caesarean operation to be performed. As these stories are not Ferdusi's invention, but the old traditions of the Persians, collected and arranged by him, this is, perhaps, the earliest fact concerning that operation which is to be met with, earlier probably than the fable of Semele.
- 2012, K.E. Saxon, Highland Vengeance (A Family Saga / Adventure Romance / The Medieval Highlanders Book 1), Passion Flower Publishing, →ISBN, page 207:
- […] "I only wish you had arrived this day past. For we had a feast in honor of my wife's childing and her father's visit. Your arrival would have given us even more to be glad for.” After giving his steward instructions to send word to the stables to have their mounts readied, Daniel stepped from the dais, clearly anxious to be on his way.
- 2012 October 11 , William Morris, “The Sundering Flood”, in The Collected Works of William Morris: With Introductions by His Daughter May Morris, Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 28:
- He told them that his name was Stephen, that he had been born in the country-side, but had gone thence in his early youth to Eastcheaping, which was the market town whither that folk had resort; and that he had grown up there and there wedded a wife; but that when she died in childing with her first bairn, and the bairn had not lived, he loathed the place, and came back again into the Dale.
childing (not comparable)
- childinge, childyng, childynge, childinke, childingue, childeng, chyldyng, chyldinge, chyldynge, childenge, chilting, shyldyng
- English: childing (archaic)