• WordNet 3.6
    • v breed have young (animals) or reproduce (organisms) "pandas rarely breed in captivity","These bacteria reproduce"
    • v breed cause to procreate (animals) "She breeds dogs"
    • v breed copulate with a female, used especially of horses "The horse covers the mare"
    • v breed call forth
    • n breed a special type "Google represents a new breed of entrepreneurs"
    • n breed a special variety of domesticated animals within a species "he experimented on a particular breed of white rats","he created a new strain of sheep"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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
    • Breed A number produced at once; a brood.
    • Breed A race or variety of men or other animals (or of plants), perpetuating its special or distinctive characteristics by inheritance. "Twice fifteen thousand hearts of England's breed .""Greyhounds of the best breed ."
    • Breed Class; sort; kind; -- of men, things, or qualities. "Are these the breed of wits so wondered at?""This courtesy is not of the right breed ."
    • Breed To be formed in the parent or dam; to be generated, or to grow, as young before birth.
    • Breed To bear and nourish young; to reproduce or multiply itself; to be pregnant. "That they breed abundantly in the earth.""The mother had never bred before.""Ant . Is your gold and silver ewes and rams? Shy . I can not tell. I make it breed as fast."
    • Breed To educate; to instruct; to form by education; to train; -- sometimes followed by up. "But no care was taken to breed him a Protestant.""His farm may not remove his children too far from him, or the trade he breeds them up in."
    • Breed To engender; to cause; to occasion; to originate; to produce; as, to breed a storm; to breed disease. "Lest the place
      And my quaint habits breed astonishment."
    • Breed To give birth to; to be the native place of; as, a pond breeds fish; a northern country breeds stout men.
    • Breed To have birth; to be produced or multiplied. "Heavens rain grace
      On that which breeds between them."
    • Breed To produce as offspring; to bring forth; to bear; to procreate; to generate; to beget; to hatch. "Yet every mother breeds not sons alike.""If the sun breed maggots in a dead dog."
    • Breed To produce or obtain by any natural process. "Children would breed their teeth with less danger."
    • Breed To raise a breed; to get progeny. "The kind of animal which you wish to breed from."
    • Breed To raise, as any kind of stock.
    • Breed To take care of in infancy, and through the age of youth; to bring up; to nurse and foster. "To bring thee forth with pain, with care to breed .""Born and bred on the verge of the wilderness."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Shell color is determined by the breed of hen and has no effect on its quality, nutrients or flavor.
    • breed To procreate; beget; engender; hatch.
    • breed To produce within or upon the body by development or organic process.
    • breed To cause; occasion; produce; originate.
    • breed To produce; be the native place of: as, a pond breeds fish; a northern country breeds a race of stout men.
    • breed To bring up; nurse and foster; take care of during the period of growth: as, born and bred.
    • breed To form by education; train: as, to breed a son to an occupation; a man bred at a university: commonly with up.
    • breed To procure by the mating of parents, and rear for use: as, to breed canaries; to breed cattle for the market.
    • breed Synonyms To generate.
    • breed To nourish, nurture.
    • breed To educate, school, discipline.
    • breed To raise.
    • breed To beget or bear offspring; produce young; be fruitful: used figuratively of increase generally.
    • breed To have birth; be produced; arise; grow; develop: as, maggots breed readily in carrion.
    • breed To procure the birth of young: with from: as, to breed from a mare of good stock.
    • breed To be pregnant.
    • n breed A race or progeny from the same parents or stock; especially, a race of men or other animals having an alliance by nativity and some distinctive qualities in common, which are transmitted by heredity; hence, family; extraction: as, a breed of men in a particular country; horses or sheep of good breed.
    • n breed Hence Sort; kind: in a general sense.
    • n breed A number produced at once; a hatch; a brood: as,“above an hundred at a breed,”
    • n breed Increase of any sort, especially interest on money; usury.
    • n breed Breeding.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Burramundy, a fish, grows up as a male, but after 2 years or so, it turns into a female to breed. (i think papaya(papua?) trees are the same)
    • v.t Breed brēd to generate or bring forth: to train or bring up: to cause or occasion
    • v.i Breed to be with young: to produce offspring: to be produced or brought forth:—pa.t. and pa.p. bred
    • n Breed that which is bred, progeny or offspring: kind or race
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  • Lord Chesterfield
    “The scholar without good breeding is a nitpicker; the philosopher a cynic; the soldier a brute and everyone else disagreeable.”
  • George Eliot
    “Breed is stronger than pasture.”
  • Lynn White
    Lynn White
    “We live in an era when rapid change breeds fear, and fear too often congeals us into a rigidity which we mistake for stability.”
  • Pierre Corneille
    “Danger breeds best on too much confidence.”
  • Hubert Green
    Hubert Green
    “Winning breeds confidence and confidence breeds winning.”
  • Seneca
    “Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.”


Familiarity breeds contempt - This means that the more you know something or someone, the more you start to find faults and dislike things about it or them.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. breden, AS. brēdan, to nourish, cherish, keep warm, from brōd, brood; akin to D. broeden, to brood, OHG. bruoten, G. brüten,. See Brood


In literature:

It is the way of their breed to turn traitor with the least sign of the rider's fear.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
He was a small, dark man of the superior French half-breed class.
"In the Brooding Wild" by Ridgwell Cullum
Each of these breeds true by itself.
"The Social Direction of Evolution" by William E. Kellicott
His favourite breed was the white pile, and "Cheshire piles" are still much-fancied birds.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
Is it associated with the former female, or with the former breeding place, or with both?
"Territory in Bird Life" by H. Eliot Howard
By line breeding, we mean breeding the same stock without getting new males.
"The Raising and Care of Guinea Pigs" by A. C. Smith
A Retriever is a cross breed dog.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
That half-breed may have murdered him, and then fled in a hurry.
"Northern Diamonds" by Frank Lillie Pollock
Cattle breeding as a business is unknown.
"Notes on Agriculture in Cyprus and Its Products" by William Bevan
She is the prettiest breed-girl in the country and, by the same token, the frailest.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck

In poetry:

A suckling of his breed you were,
One hard to wean;
But God, who lost you, left you fair,
We see, Faustine.
"Faustine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
They did not breed nor love,
each in his cell alone
cried as the wind now cries
through this flute of stone.
"The Old Prison" by Judith Wright
"For in your royal brother's court
Myself my breeding had;
Where oft the story of your woes
Hath made my bosom sad.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
Among all serpents there is one,
Born of no earthly breed;
In fury wild it stands alone,
And in its matchless speed.
"Parables And Riddles" by Friedrich von Schiller
Boys whose good breeding is innate,
Whose sums are always right;
And boys who don't expostulate
When sent to bed at night;
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Art thou by lusts a captive led,
Which breeds thy deepest grief?
To ransom captives is his trade,
Thy Husband's thy relief.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Some time ago, I wrote about Ryan Breeding, a uniquely talented custom gun maker whose specialty is huge, horrifying rifles to be used on huge, horrifying animals.
If you're looking for a.505 Gibbs done right, Mr Breeding is the guy to see.
So, as CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports, he's joined a growing breed of flat-rate cleaners.
Although breeding habitat conditions have declined from previous years, the 2012 "Trends in Duck Breeding Populations" report estimates waterfowl production in North America's duck factory is at a record high.
An grows the tea using tons of excrement from panda bears living at nearby breeding centers.
Thanks to a new and frightening breed of climate denier, our chances of avoiding catastrophe just got worse.
Top Account is being relocated to Michael and Debra Lischin's Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains, N.Y. For the 2003 breeding season.
During the 1980s, a new breed of surfer -- flamboyant, brash and decked out in neon -- invaded a tiny stretch of Newport Beach, Calif, christened it Echo Beach, and changed surf culture forever.
Northern Breed Group: Swedish Elkhound .
The Swedish Elkhound is a breed with ancient origins, though it was only recognized as a separate breed in 1946, because it used to be shown together with the smaller Norwegian Elkhound .
Northern Breed Group: Norwegian Elkhound .
The Norwegian Elkhound is one of many breeds of the Spitz family, or, as they are often referred to, the Northern Breeds.
Throughout its history this multi-talented breed has been used as a herding dog, sled dog, guardian and hunter.
The veterinarians at New Bridge Embryos produced 38 pregnancies in its first breeding season.
Samantha Ronson, Adam Sandler, and other A-listers own the muscular breed.

In science:

In all hens, this moult started before offspring fledged but in the three latest breeding females (hatching in June), it was initiated before the end of the parental care phase (Fig. 1).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Nevertheless, already the theoretical breeding gains of the different FBR’s are revealing.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
Ten out of the twelve small experimental reactors were operated in a configuration not for breeding.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
It is however quantified with a negative breeding gain of -0.02. A further confirmation that the BN-800 reactor is not a breeder comes from WNA document, , where the reactor is described as: “It has improved features including fuel flexibility - U+Pu nitride, MOX, or metal, and with breeding ratio up to 1.3.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
However, during the plutonium disposition campaign it wil l be operated with a breeding ratio of less than one. ” A possible interpretation of this statement could be that plutonium stocks are already a delicate problem and that Russia wants to get rid of it.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?