• "The stag stayed by his mate's body."
    "The stag stayed by his mate's body."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mating the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes "the casual couplings of adolescents","the mating of some species occurs only in the spring"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The clown fish has the ability to change its sex. If a breeding female dies, the male fish will change its sex and mate with another male
    • n mating The act of taking a mate, or pairing, as by birds.
    • n mating See the quotation.
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  • Emily Dickinson
    “Of Consciousness, her awful Mate. The Soul cannot be rid -- as easy the secreting her behind the Eyes of God.”
  • David Pratt
    David Pratt
    “Friends will keep you sane, Love could fill your heart, A lover can warm your bed, But lonely is the soul without a mate.”
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
    “An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.”
  • Hesiod
    “Try to take for a mate a person of your own neighborhood.”
  • Dennis Rainey
    Dennis Rainey
    “Your marriage moves toward a state of isolation. Unless you lovingly and energetically nurture your marriage, you will begin to drift away from your mate.”
  • Marie Carmichael Stopes
    Marie Carmichael Stopes
    “Each coming together of man and wife, even if they have been mated for many years, should be a fresh adventure; each winning should necessitate a fresh wooing.”


In literature:

Then don't be asking me, mate, to take a drop of the poisonous stuff.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
The mates turned out of their berths, and the first mate looked with much astonishment at the state of affairs.
"Roger Willoughby" by William H. G. Kingston
The mate rose and looked first at Mr Trunnion then at Captain Roderick.
"The Two Supercargoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
The first mate had accompanied me on deck, where I found the master talking to Mudge.
"Twice Lost" by W.H.G. Kingston
We are all of us more apt to learn what is bad than what is good I have mentioned Captain Tooke and our first mate.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
When I met my mess-mates at supper in the berth, I was sorry to see Murphy among them.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
He found there some of his mates.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Bax wrought at this, and his mate went below to fill the buckets.
"The Lifeboat" by R.M. Ballantyne
The second mate was a young man of three or four and twenty, a cousin of the captain.
"Held Fast For England" by G. A. Henty
Then 'is three mates took a last look at 'im and went off.
"Light Freights, Complete" by W. W. Jacobs

In poetry:

He had always hid his own distress,
And answered us with a brave "Not yet,"
For boys must play and girls must dress,
As do their mates in the social set.
"One More" by John Lawson Stoddard
For this roof covers, night and day,
    The widowed women poor and old,
The mated without mates, who say
    Their light is out, their story told.
"The Widow's House" by Sarah Orne Jewett
"Oh, 'tis the worst of cruel things,
This solitary state!
Yon bird that trims his purple wings,
As on the bending bow he swings.
Prepares to join his mate.
"Myrtilla" by Washington Allston
``Then she harks to the note of the nightingale
And the coo of the mated dove,
And murmurs the words of the poet's tale,
Till the whole of her life is Love.
"The Wind Speaks" by Alfred Austin
But just ere it came he lifted his hand,
Made a motion we could not but understand,
So we drew nearer to him as he lay,
To hear what our mate had got to say.
"Old Wylie's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
Straightway beside that stranger on the sandy
Salt plain—a death-bed sad—
Down kneeling, “Drink this water, mate!” said Andy—
It was the last he had.
"His Mate" by Victor James Daley

In news:

The Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov Sarah Palin, says in Grand Rapids, Mich. That her running mate, Sen John McCain, is the best choice for president.
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and his running mate Joe Biden continue their separate campaign tours.
From an evolutionary standpoint, the key players in the mating game were males with poor fighting skills and females faithful to them.
Romney Tabs Diehard Deer Hunter Paul Ryan for VP Mate.
With Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate, a new perspective on Ryan's political and social agenda has come forward.
WASHINGTON — The choice for John McCain's running mate is such a mystery that few people even know who is helping in that search.
Mitt Romney's campaign is putting some distance between the presidential candidate and his new running mate's controversial budget proposals today.
Likewise, donkeys and horses, lions and tigers, and whales and dolphins can mate and make babies.
Butterflies, Mystics, Mirth , Marry Mates, and Peacocks strut.
Soul Mates Aging, One Missive at a Time.
Photos of live mollusks eating, moving, mating, etc.
A dozen years ago I met a strapping young man, just out of high school and working as first mate on a snorkel cruise boat.
For those thinking about visiting the wreck of the George L Olson on the southern Oregon coast, there's a new factor to consider: the endangered snowy plover is entering its mating season.
That was the Obama camp's response last week after Mitt Romney announced his running mate.
Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate underscores the central question posed by this campaign: Should cold selfishness become the template for our society, or do we still believe in community.

In science:

Property 1: An element is in L if and only if its mate is in L.
A simple PTAS for Weighted Matroid Matching on Strongly Base Orderable Matroids
If there is u ∈ I ∩ J whose mate is in S \ (I ∪ J ), then any bijection π works.
A simple PTAS for Weighted Matroid Matching on Strongly Base Orderable Matroids
Since π(u) = u, any set L = π(K ) ∪ (I \ K ) as above contains u but not its mate.
A simple PTAS for Weighted Matroid Matching on Strongly Base Orderable Matroids
Else, if there are u ∈ I \ J and v ∈ J \ I with mates in S \ (I ∪ J ), then select any such u and v , and set π(u) = v .
A simple PTAS for Weighted Matroid Matching on Strongly Base Orderable Matroids
Cases (ii) and (iii) are similar: any set L = π(K ) ∪ (I \ K ) contains either u or v , but not its corresponding mate.
A simple PTAS for Weighted Matroid Matching on Strongly Base Orderable Matroids