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[ bree-ding ]


  1. the producing of offspring.
  2. the improvement or development of breeds of livestock, as by selective mating and hybridization.
  3. Horticulture. the production of new forms by selection, crossing, and hybridizing.
  4. training; nurture:

    He is a man of good breeding.

  5. the result of upbringing or training as shown in behavior and manners; manners, especially good manners:

    You can tell when a person has breeding.

  6. Energy. the production in a nuclear reactor of more fissile material than is consumed.


/ ˈbriːdɪŋ /


  1. the process of bearing offspring; reproduction
  2. the process of producing plants or animals by sexual reproduction
  3. the result of good training, esp the knowledge of correct social behaviour; refinement

    a man of breeding

  4. a person's line of descent

    his breeding was suspect

  5. physics a process occurring in a nuclear reactor as a result of which more fissionable material is produced than is used up

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  • non·breeding adjective noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of breeding1

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; breed, -ing 1

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Example Sentences

Because genetics influences aroma and flavor, Matthews is exploring whether it’s possible to better control aroma glycoside concentrations through breeding.

Scientists aren’t sure exactly what the audience—some of which are birds that already have a breeding position in their own territory—gains from watching these fights, Barve says.

To test this, they baited sticky traps with the chemical and put them on artificial grass and a natural breeding area of migratory locusts in northern China.

Birds that have access to stable food quantities over many years should arrive at their annual breeding grounds with the same energy reserves and fat insulation every year.

Her aim is to identify the genetic markers that contribute to a breed’s climate resilience, markers that might lead to more precise breeding and gene-editing practices.

So, why would a species like the banded mongoose favor breeding between relatives?

“Hence, there might be a net benefit, at least to some females, of breeding within the natal group,” the researchers speculate.

Its adaptability and breeding capabilities ensured that it would be selected for mass production on an unimaginable scale.

Whether or not guayusa is a product of selective breeding, the Kichwa have learned to harness its power.

The critters have the propensity to devour their babies if alarmed and so require a calm environment for breeding.

With Yung Pak's father was a strange gentleman, a young man with a pleasant face and an air of good breeding.

Though perfectly certain the birds were breeding near, we could not find the nests.

To take any sentence from the mouth of another person, before he has time to utter it, is the height of ill-breeding.

I have, however, a Redshank in full breeding plumage, killed in Guernsey as late as the 23rd of April.

In every case, selfishness is the root of all ill-breeding, and it is never more conspicuously displayed than in traveling.


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