American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person who breeds animals or plants.
- n. An animal kept to produce offspring.
- n. Offensive Slang A heterosexual person.
- n. A source or cause: social injustice—a breeder of revolutions.
- n. A breeder reactor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which breeds, procreates, or produces young: used especially of the female.
- n. One who educates or rears; figuratively, that which rears.
- n. One who or that which produces, causes, or brings about: as, he was a breeder of dissensions.
- n. One who procures the birth of young; one who raises a particular breed, as of animals; technically, in herd-and stud-books, the owner of the dam at the time of the birth of the animal recorded.
- n. Same as bred-sore.
- n. A person who breeds plants or animals professionally.
- n. gay slang, derogatory A heterosexual; i.e. one whose sexual intercourse can lead to breeding.
- n. A type of nuclear reactor that creates material suitable for the production of atomic weapons. (See Wikipedia's article on fast breeder reactors.)
- n. slang, derogatory a person who has had or who is capable of having children; a person who is focussed on the rearing of their own children.
- n. cellular automata A pattern that exhibits quadratic growth by generating multiple copies of a secondary pattern, each of which then generates multiple copies of a tertiary pattern.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, breeds, produces, brings up, etc.
- n. A cause.
- n. a person who breeds animals
“If "breeder" is a pejorative for heteros, then those "herd-thinners" who hunt the whole deer could simply be called "consumers.”
“We have an enormous amount of uranium already mined and available to turn into plutonium in breeder reactors, but are not doing that because it would provide an incentive to not-nice countries to make nuclear weapons.”
“It could help convince a jury that a suspected breeder is supplying dog-fighting rings across the country.”
“The breeder is only exploiting the natural process.”
“Camel beauty contests have become so popular in Saudi Arabia, that a popular cleric had to issue a decree against them (reason to follow) "It's just like judging a beautiful girl," said Fowzan al-Madr, a camel breeder from the Kharj region southeast of Riyadh.”
“The breeder is also up to his ears with requests and cannot cater to everyone, so if you have a green turtle, consider yourself one of the lucky ones.”
“Yet the renowned plant breeder is quick to mention that he began his career, in the 1930s, in forestry, and that forest conservation has never been far from his thoughts.”
“The British hope thus to make available enough nuclear fuel in breeder type reactors which will also produce useful power at or near competitive costs, to make up for their estimated deficiency in coal.”
“I called the breeder, and she told me all the great things about this food.”
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Terms used in the EU's Common Agricultural Policy referring to policy issues in the animal husbandry sector.
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