from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Fitting into or onto a corresponding part, as a matched plug and socket.
  • n. pairing of organisms for copulation.
  • v. Present participle of mate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of taking a mate, or pairing, as by birds.
  • n. See the quotation.

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

  • n. the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes


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  • Prior research by the same researchers (also adopting the Social Relations Lens Model) found that men with a long-term mating orientation (which is correlated with reduced levels of extraversion) and shy men (which is correlated with higher levels of neuroticism) get the short end of the stick in rapid mate-selection settings such as speed dating.

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  • Women need to be more selective about choosing partners, especially under short-term mating conditions, because they're the ones who must care for their young.

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  • On the aspect of a possible underlying genetic predisposition to racial selectivity in mating ...

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  • It turns out that in some pulmonates mating is anatomically reciprocal, while in others unilateral (for example, see Davison & Mordan, 2007).

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Yes, money is spent flying the shuttle back, and there is a small chance of hazard to the Orbiter in mating, flying cross-country, and demating.

    PAO Snarkiness at JSC - NASA Watch

  • Now, we are clear as she is interested in mating with her sister (Molly) and not her brother (Scofield).

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • … If you like someone and want to meet them and date them, people who have the dark triad traits appear to be more successful at facilitating short-term mating.

    Don’t Bring Home a White Boy

  • Kob Antelopes experience lesbian sex twice every hour (wow!) and 8 percent of their activities during mating is homosexual orientated.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • Well, some scientists suggest that feelings of love are the "stop code" for our built-in mating program, serving the evolutionary purpose of causing us to stop searching for a mate when, genetically, we've already found a good one.

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  • I'll wager the reason is innate gender dimorphism in mating strategies.

    Choice cuts.


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