from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One's line of descent; ancestry.
  • noun Upbringing or education, especially in proper social behavior.
  • noun The production of offspring or young.
  • noun The propagation of animals or plants.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of generating or producing.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Upbringing; nurture; education; instruction.
  • noun 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).
  • noun In society his good breeding and vivacity made him always welcome. Macaulay, Dramatists of the Restoration.
  • noun Descent; extraction.
  • noun Synonyms Generation, production. Raising. Training, discipline.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or process of generating or bearing.
  • noun The raising or improving of any kind of domestic animals.
  • noun Nurture; education; formation of manners.
  • noun 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.
  • noun obsolete Descent; pedigree; extraction.
  • noun breeding from a male and female from the same parentage.
  • noun breeding from a male and female of different lineage.
  • noun politeness; genteel deportment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The process through which propagation, growth or development occurs.
  • noun The act of insemination by natural or artificial means
  • noun The act of copulation in animals
  • noun gay slang Ejaculation inside the rectum during bareback anal sex, usually applied to gay pornography
  • adjective Of, relating to or used for breeding.
  • verb Present participle of breed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective producing offspring or set aside especially for producing offspring
  • noun helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community
  • noun the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring
  • noun elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression
  • noun the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior)
  • noun the production of animals or plants by inbreeding or hybridization


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