Definition of mating in English:

mating

noun

  • The action of animals coming together to breed; copulation.

    ‘courtship and mating also occur on land’
    • ‘Here, males maintained a constant sperm number irrespective of whether a mating involved one, two, or three males.’
    • ‘Mating can take place either in water or on land.’
    • ‘The second male was always placed with the female on the day that the first mating had occurred.’
    • ‘The cameras were triggered automatically by any movement in the vicinity of the bower, where all courtship and mating take place.’
    • ‘The minerals are passed on in a sperm packet during mating, to enrich the eggs.’
    • ‘Courtship and mating takes place from late winter to spring.’
    • ‘If a mating failed to occur within 10 min, we replaced the male.’
    • ‘It only needs just a small number to survive for the mating to be a success.’
    • ‘In the first part of the study, we investigated size-dependent mating in the field.’
    • ‘Worldwide, not many areas exist where shark mating can be observed.’
    • ‘In this situation the cost of mating for the female is essentially the cost of a (forced) copulation.’
    • ‘Matings were usually performed at 23°; males produced at 25° were not as proficient in mating.’
    • ‘Mature virgin females are highly receptive to mating.’
    • ‘In one specific example, mating in yeast, cell-cell communication is mediated by secreted peptide pheromones that stimulate physiological responses leading to mating.’
    • ‘At several points during the mating, the female appeared to be trying to break free.’
    • ‘The frequency of mating, researchers speculate, is meant to stimulate egg release in the female.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, with random mating among sexually produced gametes, selection on a modifier of sex is very weak.’
    • ‘When not engaged in territorial behaviors or mating, the winged adults forage great distances to prey on insects.’
    • ‘Mating in many animals increases predation risk, and courtship is often performed near where mating will occur.’
    • ‘The methodology is applicable to the investigation of parentage for all progeny developed from parental mating without subsequent generations of inbreeding.’
    copulation, copulating, coupling, sexual intercourse, intercourse, sex, procreation
    View synonyms

Pronunciation

mating

/ˈmeɪtɪŋ/