Definition of Breeding

1. Noun. Elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression.

Exact synonyms: Genteelness, Gentility
Generic synonyms: Elegance
Derivative terms: Genteel, Gentle

2. Adjective. Producing offspring or set aside especially for producing offspring. "Retained a few bulls for breeding purposes"
Similar to: Fruitful

3. Noun. The result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior). "A woman of breeding and refinement"
Exact synonyms: Education, Training
Generic synonyms: Upbringing
Derivative terms: Educate

4. Noun. Helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community. "They debated whether nature or nurture was more important"

5. Noun. The production of animals or plants by inbreeding or hybridization.
Generic synonyms: Production
Specialized synonyms: Autosexing, Cattle Breeding, Dog Breeding, Horse Breeding
Derivative terms: Breed

6. Noun. The sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring.

Definition of Breeding

1. n. The act or process of generating or bearing.

Definition of Breeding

1. Noun. The process through which propagation, growth or development occurs. ¹

2. Noun. The act of insemination by natural or artificial means ¹

3. Noun. The act of copulation in animals ¹

4. Noun. (context: gay slang) Ejaculation inside the rectum during bareback anal sex, usually applied to gay pornography ¹

5. Adjective. Of, relating to or used for breeding. ¹

6. Verb. (present participle of breed) ¹

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Definition of Breeding

1. upbringing [n -S] - See also: upbringing

Medical Definition of Breeding

1. 1. The act or process of generating or bearing. 2. The raising or improving of any kind of domestic animals; as, farmers should pay attention to breeding. 3. Nurture; education; formation of manners. "She had her breeding at my father's charge." (Shak) 4. 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. "Delicacy of breeding, or that polite deference and respect which civility obliges us either to express or counterfeit towards the persons with whom we converse." (Hume) 5. Descent; pedigree; extraction. "Honest gentlemen, I know not your breeding." (Shak) Close breeding, In and in breeding, breeding from a male and female from the same parentage. Cross breeding, breeding from a male and female of different lineage. Good breeding, politeness; genteel deportment. Synonym: Education, instruction, nurture, training, manners. See Education. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Breeding

breed in the bone
breed like rabbits
breeder material
breeder reactor
breeding ground

Literary usage of Breeding

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Report by American Genetic Association (1907)
"It is the belief of the committee that in the breeding of cotton the most important work to pursue first is to investigate and standardize the methods to be ..."

2. The Journal of Heredityby American Genetic Association by American Genetic Association (1916)
"564 breeding. A Lost Opportunity in Bee. ER Root, 46 breeding Abroad. ... 462 breeding. An Experiment in Sunflower, 462 breeding Citrous Fruits, ..."

3. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1907)
"... "Economic Value of Plant breeding"; Westgate, "A Method of breeding a Strain of Alfalfa from a Single Individual" ; Webber, " Correlation of Characters ..."

4. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1876)
"The breeding record is the first for New Jersey or eastern Pennsylvania since 1879, although a few pairs doubtless bred as late as 1881. ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1912)
"He estimated tire non-breeding seals also, finding a number sufficient to ... The breeding area he estimated at 1900000 square feet, and applying to this ..."

6. Biennial Report by California Dept. of Agriculture, California State Commission of Horticulture (1905)
"THE THEORY OF SELECTIVE breeding. BY DR. DAVID STARR JORDAN, President of Leland Stanford Junior University. Ladies and Gentlemen: I have been shut in for ..."

7. Report (1913)
"Hitherto the breeding habits of the darters have remained practically ... During the eleven days beginning June 29, the fish were breeding on the pure sand ..."

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