- The definition of breeding means the producing or raising of young.
An example of breeding is mating two dogs to create puppies.
Breeding dogs produces puppies.
- the producing of young
- the rearing of young; upbringing, education, or training, esp. in manners or social behavior
- good upbringing or training: tolerance is a sign of breeding
- the producing of plants and animals, esp. for the purpose of developing new or better types
Origin of breedingsee breed
- One's line of descent; ancestry: a person of noble breeding.
- Upbringing or education, especially in proper social behavior.
- The production of offspring or young: measures to control the breeding of mosquitoes.
- The propagation of animals or plants: a farm devoted to the breeding of horses.
- The process through which propagation, growth or development occurs.
- Your dog has had good breeding.
- The act of insemination by natural or artificial means.
- The act of copulation in animals.
- The good manners regarded as characteristic of the aristocracy and conferred by heredity.
- Nurture; education; formation of manners.
- Descent; pedigree; extraction.
- (gay slang) Ejaculation inside the rectum during bareback anal sex, usually applied to gay pornography.
breeding (no comparative or superlative; used only before the noun)
- Of, relating to or used for breeding.
- Your toothbrush is a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Present participle of breed.
- Through genetic manipulation and harsh training, I am breeding a species of super-dogs to take over the world.
Variant of breed
transitive verbbred, breeding
- to bring forth (offspring) from the womb or hatch (young) from the egg
- to be the source of; produce: ignorance breeds prejudice
- to cause to reproduce; raise, esp. by controlled mating: to breed dogs
- to produce (plants) by selective pollination
- to mate with
- to develop (a stock or certain characteristics in it) by such mating or pollination
- to bring up, train, or educate: he was bred to be a gentleman
- to produce (fissile material) in a breeder reactor
Origin of breedMiddle English breden ; from Old English bredan ; from brod, fetus, hatching: see brood
- to be produced; originate: crime breeds in slums
- to bring forth offspring; reproduce
- a group, or stock, of animals or plants descended from common ancestors and having similar characteristics, esp. such a group cultivated by humans
- a kind; sort; type: men of the same breed