Definition of breeding in US English:



  • 1The mating and production of offspring by animals.

    ‘palolo worms use the moon to time their breeding’
    • ‘This results in higher competition for scarce breeding and foraging resources.’
    • ‘As soon as breeding is completed, whelping pens are prepared for kits.’
    • ‘They occur in small bachelor herds or in breeding herds consisting of male and female with young.’
    • ‘Water management that prevents mosquito breeding is essential for effective control.’
    • ‘Water management to prevent mosquito breeding is essential for effective control.’
    • ‘We allow only the 50% fittest crows to survive before the breeding season starts.’
    • ‘The lives of innumerable other animals that rely on oak woodlands during migration or breeding could be disrupted.’
    • ‘Finding and eliminating breeding places is an important first step in control.’
    • ‘They possess fully-functional reproductive systems, showing that they are capable of normal breeding.’
    • ‘Some geneticists and population viability experts suggest 300 to 400 breeding females are needed.’
    • ‘The study was concluded at the end of the breeding season each year.’
    • ‘Sanitation is at least 75 percent of the fly control program preventing fly breeding.’
    • ‘This would provide a breeding area for fish and other marine life, enhancing the biological and economic productivity of the sea.’
    • ‘They do not have complete knowledge of breeding and rearing young parrots.’
    • ‘In both cases the result is assortative mating or breeding among mates that possess similar genes.’
    reproduction, reproducing, procreation, multiplying, propagation
    rearing, raising, nurturing
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    1. 1.1 The activity of controlling the mating and production of offspring of animals.
      ‘the breeding of rats and mice for experiments’
      • ‘Once you've got regulated breeding, it's a short skip to selective breeding - eugenics.’
      • ‘The police had imposed conditions on a proposed demonstration against the breeding of cats for scientific research.’
      • ‘These dogs were used to populate the breeding programs set up to resurrect the breed.’
      • ‘Therefore, the use of boars for breeding should not be initiated too early.’
      • ‘And in fact, the problem is to restrict the breeding rather than to push it.’
      • ‘Pure breeding offers a basic quality control, guaranteeing that the herd is made up of superior goats.’
      • ‘This led to the growth of heavier armor, the breeding of larger horses, and the construction of better castles.’
      • ‘But cattle that are grown for breeding can be raised conventionally until the last third of each pregnancy.’
      • ‘Artificial insemination also allows the producer to better control the breeding of animals, thus reducing risk.’
      • ‘The first is animal breeding, which is the primary driver for a new domestic industry of this kind.’
      • ‘The problem is, people are getting confused between genetic engineering and selective breeding.’
      • ‘In 1999 the national program was expanded to include the breeding of improved energy crops.’
      • ‘The benefits of industrialization appear still more spectacular when looking at particular aspects of animal breeding.’
      • ‘The work is clearly meant to warn of the dangers of breeding based upon genetic research.’
      • ‘I was forced to watch the natives kill all their breeding stock animals and see their gardens go to the weeds.’
      • ‘When few or no ancestors are common to the sire and dam, the breeding is known as an outcross.’
      • ‘For a captive breeding and reintroduction program, this is a notable success.’
      • ‘Selective breeding produced bigger cattle, sheep, and pigs.’
      • ‘Man has been genetically modifying plants and animals with selective breeding and hybridization for millennia.’
      • ‘As many of the better mares had been shipped abroad, however, the breeding of good cart horses would take time.’
    2. 1.2 The good manners regarded as characteristic of the aristocracy and conferred by heredity.
      ‘that's the kind of modesty you get from good breeding’
      • ‘Mere thugs did not possess the ability to daunt the comportment of someone with his breeding and class.’
      • ‘He is on the opposite end of the social spectrum, a wannabe aristocrat without the breeding to easily fit in.’
      • ‘He had impeccable breeding and was a complete sweetheart to me.’
      • ‘What the Duke refers to is clearly not his rank and breeding but his essential human nature.’
      • ‘Once he became rich, he bought a huge house and created this appearance of gentility and breeding in his daughters.’
      • ‘Obviously, the fellow had no breeding, no refinement, nothing - he was merely a perfumed popinjay in a ridiculous suit.’
      • ‘Their observation affords both entertainment and an affirmation of their superior restraint and breeding.’
      • ‘The colossal room was packed with people of nobility and breeding.’
      • ‘It wasn't unusual or even particularly ambitious for someone of her breeding and social stature.’
      • ‘The old concept of an officer and a gentleman being such because of background, family status and breeding is gone.’
      • ‘She knew she was beautiful, that her future was certain, and that her renowned reputation and breeding was near flawless.’
      • ‘He lacks, not to put too fine a point on it, the breeding.’
      • ‘A lady of good breeding, she supposed, would be outraged, though she felt no concern.’
      • ‘Both appeared to have good manners and fine breeding.’
      • ‘Paul immediately identified her as inferior, but his superior breeding made proper etiquette a must.’
      • ‘She was as poised and elegant as her breeding required, Grace thought, and certainly she dressed as befitted her status.’
      • ‘When she presented herself, she sounded like any of the young ladies of breeding he'd meet.’
      • ‘She was grateful that her manners and good breeding had not failed her while the rest of her mind seemingly had.’
      • ‘Well-to-do travelers prized manners because they are the best available evidence of the breeding and character of new acquaintances.’
      • ‘This lady is of good breeding, and great character.’
      upbringing, rearing
      manners, good manners, gentility, refinement, cultivation, culture, polish, civility, urbanity
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