• WordNet 3.6
    • adj breeding producing offspring or set aside especially for producing offspring "the breeding population","retained a few bulls for breeding purposes"
    • n breeding the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring
    • n breeding the production of animals or plants by inbreeding or hybridization
    • n breeding helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community "they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"
    • n breeding elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression
    • n breeding the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior) "a woman of breeding and refinement"
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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
    • Breeding Deportment or behavior in the external offices and decorums of social life; manners; knowledge of, or training in, the ceremonies, or polite observances of society. "Delicacy of breeding , or that polite deference and respect which civility obliges us either to express or counterfeit towards the persons with whom we converse."
    • Breeding Descent; pedigree; extraction. "Honest gentlemen, I know not your breeding ."
    • Breeding Nurture; education; formation of manners. "She had her breeding at my father's charge."
    • Breeding The act or process of generating or bearing.
    • Breeding The raising or improving of any kind of domestic animals; as, farmers should pay attention to breeding .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Female and male black bears cannot tolerate being around each other except when they breed
    • n breeding The act of generating or producing.
    • n breeding The rearing of cattle or live stock of any kind, particularly by mingling or crossing one strain of a species of variety with another, with a view to improve the breed. See cross-breeding and in-and-in.
    • n breeding Upbringing; nurture; education; instruction.
    • n breeding Deportment of behavior in social life; manners, especially good manners: as, good breeding (politeness); a man of no breeding (that is, a very ill-bred man).
    • n breeding In society his good breeding and vivacity made him always welcome. Macaulay, Dramatists of the Restoration.
    • n breeding Descent; extraction.
    • n breeding Synonyms Generation, production. Raising. Training, discipline.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.
    • Breeding act of producing: education or manners
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  • Francis Bacon
    “Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.”
  • Violet Bonham Carter
    Violet Bonham Carter
    “Outer space is no place for a person of breeding.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners.”
  • Carl Jung
    “Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “A little neglect may breed great mischief.”
  • Henry Brooks Adams
    “Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.”


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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. brédan, to cherish, keep warm; Ger. brüten, to hatch.


In literature:

He was thrown on society for all his amusement; and in society his good breeding and vivacity made him always welcome.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
They are a fine robust breed, like small mastiffs with pointed wolfish ears.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Cow manure may serve as a breeding-place to a limited extent.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
That's a gale that breeds an' bursts of a second out of nowhere.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
It's hard work for them at best, but a breed would rather risk his life than do any work he could escape.
"Young Alaskans in the Far North" by Emerson Hough
The tall half-breed answered by gently putting a hand on the boy's head, and making a better seat for him closer to the fire.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
It was true that the past record of experimental breeding had been mainly one of disappointment.
"Mendelism" by Reginald Crundall Punnett
In this latter breed and in others having large feet, the number of the scutellae on the toes is greater than in the breeds with small feet.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Only a half-breed boy, the son of a woman with no husband, the child of a missing father.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Good breeding would suggest that the subject be changed at once before the controversy becomes heated.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke

In poetry:

Can hell breed no such wicked elf,
As thou, in thine own sight?
Thou'st got, to see thy filthy self,
Thy Husband's purest light.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
For how should torture breed a calm?
Can death to life give birth?
No labour can create the balm
That soothes the sleeping earth!
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
"What need, what need,
To hide with flowers the curse upon the hills,
Or sanctify the banks of sluggish rills
Where vapors breed?
"Tyranny." by Sidney Lanier
(To the reduction of uncitied littorals
We brought chiefly the vigor of prophecy,
Our hunger breeding calculation
And fixed triumphs)
"Aeneas At Washington" by Allen Tate
I that am of all most crost,
Having, and that had have lost,
May with reason thus complaine,
Since love breeds love, and loves paine.
"59" by Mary Wroth
A nobler lot is thine — to breed
The soldier, singer, statesman, sage,
The guardians in a future age
Of England in her hour of need.
"Songs Of The City" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Despite back-to-back years of drought and escalating costs in the beef industry, the Hereford breed is making a mighty resurgence.
There is a breed of sailors, smugglers and pilots ready, perhaps even eager, to take you to places you should not visit.
Best Male, Best of Winners, and Best Of Breed.
Best of Breed Novice Puppy.
One of the most well-known early breeders was Louis Dobermann , from whom the breed takes its name.
Dobermans began to appear in large numbers in the United States after World War I The breed has been a successful working dog and a popular companion, excelling in police and military work.
Nixon outlines new dog breeding law.
He believes the TSA is mistakenly targeting the dog-breeding program after being criticized by federal authorities as inefficient in other areas.
Other agencies such as the Texas Department of Public Safety and US Border Patrol also benefit from getting genetically superior dogs from the breeding program, Boelens said.
Texas bomb-sniffing dog breeding facility to close.
Iowa Rep likens immigrants to dog breeding .
Missouri lawmakers, protesters react to governor's dog-breeding compromise.
Missouri Lawmakers Seek to Modify Dog Breeding Rules.
Point Given, will shuttle to South America for the 2009 Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
Breeding for quantity, not quality: pit bull overpopulation in Lansing.

In science:

A branching process is a very simple population model (introduced in ) where particles breed and die (independently of each other) according to some random law.
Strong local survival of branching random walks is not monotone
The breeding mechanisms can be regulated by means of a nonnegative matrix K = (kxy )x,y∈X in such a way that for each particle at x, there is a clock with Exp(λkxy )-distributed intervals (where λ > 0), each time the clock rings the particle breeds in y .
Strong local survival of branching random walks is not monotone
We say that a BRW is site-breeding if k(x) does not depend on x ∈ X .
Strong local survival of branching random walks is not monotone
Recall that, for an edge-breeding BRW on a graph (or a multigraph), nonamenability is equivalent to the usual nonamenability of the graph.
Strong local survival of branching random walks is not monotone
Consider an irreducible, edge-breeding continuous-time BRW on the (non-oriented) graph X obtained by attaching to a copy of N one branch T of the homogeneous tree T3 .
Strong local survival of branching random walks is not monotone