Definition of breeding in English:



  • 1The mating and production of offspring by animals.

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