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

  • intransitive verb To produce hybrids; crossbreed.
  • intransitive verb To form base pairs between complementary regions of two strands of DNA that were not originally paired.
  • intransitive verb To cause to produce a hybrid; crossbreed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cause to interbreed and thus produce hybrids.
  • Hence—2. To form or construct in a hybrid manner, as words.
  • To produce a hybrid or hybrids; cross or interbreed, as two different varieties or species of plants or animals.
  • Also spelled hybridise.

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

  • transitive verb To render hybrid; to produce by mixture of stocks.
  • intransitive verb (Biol.) To produce hybrid offspring; to interbreed; to cross.

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

  • verb transitive to cross-breed animals or plants to form hybrids
  • verb transitive to construct a hybrid word from elements of different languages
  • verb physics to combine atomic orbitals mathematically to form hybrid orbitals
  • verb biochemistry to combine complementary subunits of multiple biological macromolecules

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

  • verb breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties

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