breeding

[ bree-ding ]
/ ˈbri dɪŋ /

noun

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.

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Origin of breeding

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at breed, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM breeding

non·breed·ing, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for breeding

breeding
/ (ˈbriːdɪŋ) /

noun

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
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