Related formsnon·breed·ing, adjective, noun
Definition for breeding (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), bred, breed·ing.
- to cause to reproduce by controlled pollination.
- to improve by controlled pollination and selection.
verb (used without object), bred, breed·ing.
Origin of breed
Related formsbreed·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·breed, verb (used with object), o·ver·bred, o·ver·breed·ing.re·breed, verb, re·bred, re·breed·ing.sub·breed, noun
Examples from the Web for breeding
“Hence, there might be a net benefit, at least to some females, of breeding within the natal group,” the researchers speculate.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family|Helen Thompson|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Its adaptability and breeding capabilities ensured that it would be selected for mass production on an unimaginable scale.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity|William O’Connor|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The critters have the propensity to devour their babies if alarmed and so require a calm environment for breeding.
Even when bred in captivity, Leahy said breeding facilities are often horrendous, resembling factory farming.
Breeding a resistant strain can take five generations of plants, and 15 years.
Even when the breeding places are left, the poor birds are shot in thousands out at sea.British Sea Birds|Charles Dixon
“It is purely a matter of breeding,” Christopher Burley replied stiffly.The Cryptogram|William Murray Graydon
A common plan is to use all the longest and deepest sows of the first cross for breeding baconers.Australia The Dairy Country|Australia Department of External Affairs
Heretofore, while there had been much discussion as to the breeding of racing dogs, it had been largely theoretical.The Land of Tomorrow|William B Stephenson, Jr.
On many farms the breeding flock of ducks is fed on the same ration which is given the farm fowls.Ducks and Geese|Harry M. Lamon
British Dictionary definitions for breeding (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for breeding (2 of 2)
verb breeds, breeding or bred
Word Origin for breed
Science definitions for breeding
Idioms and Phrases with breeding
see familiarity breeds contempt.