- first mate.
- any of a number of officers of varying degrees of rank subordinate to the master of a merchant ship.
- an assistant to a warrant officer or other functionary on a ship.
verb (used with object), mat·ed, mat·ing.
verb (used without object), mat·ed, mat·ing.
Words nearby mate
Origin of mate1
OTHER WORDS FROM matemate·less, adjective
Definition for mating (2 of 2)
noun, verb (used with object), mat·ed, mat·ing, interjection
Origin of mate2
Examples from the Web for mating
When it comes to mating, the banded mongoose (Mungos mungo) likes to keep things in the family.
A male and female who do most of the mating dominate packs, and younger subordinates only breed occasionally.
Mating with a cousin or brother is safer than risking life and limb to mate with an outsider.
Given that their mating sessions can last up to 70 hours, their bedroom—well, cave—performances seem pretty darn impressive.
I think it was more about sexual mores, mating and dating rituals in the city, cultural anthropology.
The worst feature about the business is that the birds are killed during the mating and breeding season.Up the Orinoco and down the Magdalena|H. J. Mozans
Most insects die after mating; but not all hemiptera, nor the queen bee, nor certain coleoptera, nor certain flies.The Natural Philosophy of Love|Remy de Gourmont
I notice that during the mating season of the birds the rivalries and jealousies are not all confined to the males.A Year in the Fields|John Burroughs
The vain moose has been polishing his antlers, preparatory to mating.The Story of the Trapper|A. C. Laut
Growth goes on after the mating at a rate never before approached, for each has been opened, liberated.The Hive|Will Levington Comfort
British Dictionary definitions for mating (1 of 3)
Word Origin for maté
British Dictionary definitions for mating (2 of 3)
- informal, mainly British, Australian and NZ a friend, usually of the same sex: often used between males in direct address
- (in combination) an associate, colleague, fellow sharer, etca classmate; a flatmate
- short for first mate
- any officer below the master on a commercial ship
- a warrant officer's assistant on a ship