from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One's line of descent; ancestry: a person of noble breeding.
- n. Training in the proper forms of social and personal conduct.
- n. Production of offspring or young.
- n. The propagation of animals or plants.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The process through which propagation, growth or development occurs.
- n. The act of insemination by natural or artificial means
- n. The act of copulation in animals
- n. Ejaculation inside the rectum during bareback anal sex, usually applied to gay pornography
- adj. Of, relating to or used for breeding.
- v. Present participle of breed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of generating or bearing.
- n. The raising or improving of any kind of domestic animals.
- n. Nurture; education; formation of manners.
- n. Deportment or behavior in the external offices and decorums of social life; manners; knowledge of, or training in, the ceremonies, or polite observances of society.
- n. Descent; pedigree; extraction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of generating or producing.
- n. The rearing of cattle or live stock of any kind, particularly by mingling or crossing one strain of a species of variety with another, with a view to improve the breed. See cross-breeding and in-and-in.
- n. Upbringing; nurture; education; instruction.
- n. Deportment of behavior in social life; manners, especially good manners: as, good breeding (politeness); a man of no breeding (that is, a very ill-bred man).
- n. In society his good breeding and vivacity made him always welcome. Macaulay, Dramatists of the Restoration.
- n. Descent; extraction.
- n. Synonyms Generation, production. Raising. Training, discipline.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. producing offspring or set aside especially for producing offspring
- n. helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community
- n. the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring
- n. elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression
- n. the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior)
- n. the production of animals or plants by inbreeding or hybridization
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III. ii.31 (278,2) [complain of good breeding] I am in doubt whether the custom of the language in Shakespeare's time did not authorise this mode of speech, and make _complain of good breeding_ the same with _complain_ of the want of _good_ breeding.
Pumpkin breeding is done by hand, with breeders using pollen from one variety to pollinate another, he said.
For the last, the term breeding-in, or close breeding, is generally deemed more suitable.
Cattle and Their Diseases Embracing Their History and Breeds, Crossing and Breeding, And Feeding and Management; With the Diseases to which They are Subject, And The Remedies Best Adapted to their Cure
For the latter, the term breeding in, or close breeding, is deemed more fitting.
Mr. Wen said he is concerned that corruption, in his words, poses the biggest danger to the government and called for institutional reform to eliminate what he described as the "breeding ground of corruption."
Females begin breeding at about 8 to 10 months old, or as young as 6 months if food is abundant.
Well my dear my chums “Biffy” and “Ginger” are into a bit of film making and they have lots of education between themselves, but why is beyond my the silly old rotters as just as stupid as “Biffo” Blodswort-Cumberpatch, he left school with only two CSE examinations …. something to do with having webbed feet I think, a little. .in breeding if you ask me.
The mutations built up over time before being emphasized in breeding, certainly, but as usual it's a little more complicated than Dawkins likes to pretend, though he does note that it's a two-step argument -- that the mutation rate of surviving mutations is high enough and that selection is fast enough to bring them out.
This wolf sanctuary has been instrumental in breeding wolves for eventual re-placement in to their natural habitats.
Romantic railbirds are encouraged to supply details about their family backgrounds and their hobbies and interests to a steward's committee which will then match them up using roughly the same principles used in breeding thoroughbred horses.