- the producing of offspring.
- the improvement or development of breeds of livestock, as by selective mating and hybridization.
- Horticulture. the production of new forms by selection, crossing, and hybridizing.
- training; nurture: He is a man of good breeding.
- the result of upbringing or training as shown in behavior and manners; manners, especially good manners: You can tell when a person has breeding.
- Energy. the production in a nuclear reactor of more fissile material than is consumed.
Origin of breeding
- to produce (offspring); procreate; engender.
- to produce by mating; propagate sexually; reproduce: Ten mice were bred in the laboratory.
- to cause to reproduce by controlled pollination.
- to improve by controlled pollination and selection.
- to raise (cattle, sheep, etc.): He breeds longhorns on the ranch.
- to cause or be the source of; engender; give rise to: Dirt breeds disease. Stagnant water breeds mosquitoes.
- to develop by training or education; bring up; rear: He was born and bred a gentleman.
- Energy. to produce more fissile nuclear fuel than is consumed in a reactor.
- to impregnate; mate: Breed a strong mare with a fast stallion and hope for a Derby winner.
- to produce offspring: Many animals breed in the spring.
- to be engendered or produced; grow; develop: Bacteria will not breed in alcohol.
- to cause the birth of young, as in raising stock.
- to be pregnant.
- Genetics. a relatively homogenous group of animals within a species, developed and maintained by humans.
- lineage; stock; strain: She comes from a fine breed of people.
- sort; kind; group: Scholars are a quiet breed.
- Disparaging and Offensive. half-breed(def 1).
Origin of breed
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Related Wordsdevelopment, training, rearing, lineage, urbanity, gentility, refinement, civility, upbringing, manners, culture, courtesy, ancestry, schooling, conduct, polish, nurture, grace, raising
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
December 29, 2014
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
December 27, 2014
The critters have the propensity to devour their babies if alarmed and so require a calm environment for breeding.Whole Foods Wants to Feed You Cute, Furry Bunnies
August 19, 2014
Even when bred in captivity, Leahy said breeding facilities are often horrendous, resembling factory farming.The $10 Billion Pet Cheetah and Chimp Industry
July 20, 2014
Breeding a resistant strain can take five generations of plants, and 15 years.Will Coffee Rust Hurt Starbucks?
June 8, 2014
The improvement in breeding and raising live-stock must not be omitted.The Nation in a Nutshell
George Makepeace Towle
It is only in the begetting of men that breeding from the worst stocks may be said to be the rule.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
Pray be seated, but really I am forgetting the commonest rules of breeding.
Her ignorance of all breeding is amusing, but then I think she has a natural elegance.
Is not the quality of dogs improved by breeding from the good and eliminating the bad?The Sexual Question
- the process of bearing offspring; reproduction
- the process of producing plants or animals by sexual reproduction
- the result of good training, esp the knowledge of correct social behaviour; refinementa man of breeding
- a person's line of descenthis breeding was suspect
- physics a process occurring in a nuclear reactor as a result of which more fissionable material is produced than is used up
- to bear (offspring)
- (tr) to bring up; raise
- to produce or cause to produce by mating; propagate
- to produce and maintain new or improved strains of (domestic animals and plants)
- to produce or be produced; generateto breed trouble; violence breeds in densely populated areas
- a group of organisms within a species, esp a group of domestic animals, originated and maintained by man and having a clearly defined set of characteristics
- a lineage or racea breed of Europeans
- a kind, sort, or groupa special breed of hatred
Word Origin and History for breeding
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.
- To produce or reproduce by giving birth or hatching.
- To raise animals or plants, often to produce new or improved types.
- A group of organisms having common ancestors and sharing certain traits that are not shared with other members of the same species. Breeds are usually produced by mating selected parents.
Idioms and Phrases with breeding
see familiarity breeds contempt.