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