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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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