- breed of cat,
- breed's hill,
- breeder reactor,
- breeding ground,
Origin of breeding
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
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
verb breeds, breeding or bred
Word Origin for breed
late 14c., "hatching, incubation;" also "formation, development, growth," verbal noun from breed (v.). Meaning "good manners" is from 1590s.
Old English bredan "bring young to birth, carry," also "cherish, keep warm," from West Germanic *brodjan (cf. Old High German bruoten, German brüten "to brood, hatch"), from *brod- "fetus, hatchling," from PIE *bhreue- "burn, heat" (see brood (n.)). Original notion of the word was incubation, warming to hatch. Sense of "grow up, be reared" (in a clan, etc.) is late 14c. Related: Bred; breeding.
"race, lineage, stock" (originally of animals), 1550s, from breed (v.). Of persons, from 1590s. Meaning "kind, species" is from 1580s.
see familiarity breeds contempt.