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Meaning of BREEDING

Pronunciation:  'breeding

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the production of animals or plants by inbreeding or hybridization
  2. [n]  the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring
  3. [n]  raising someone to be an accepted member of the community; "they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"
  4. [n]  elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression
  5. [n]  the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior); "a woman of breeding and refinement"
  6. [adj]  producing offspring or set aside especially for producing offspring; "the breeding population"; "retained a few bulls for breeding purposes"

BREEDING is a 8 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bringing up, education, facts of life, fosterage, fostering, fruitful, genteelness, gentility, nurture, procreation, raising, rearing, reproduction, training, upbringing
 See Also: acculturation, autosexing, cattle breeding, crossbreeding, dog breeding, elegance, enculturation, generation, horse breeding, interbreeding, miscegenation, multiplication, production, propagation, sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice, socialisation, socialization, upbringing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Breed"ing\, n.
1. The act or process of generating or bearing.

2. The raising or improving of any kind of domestic animals;
   as, farmers should pay attention to breeding.

3. Nurture; education; formation of manners.

         She had her breeding at my father's charge. --Shak.

4. Deportment or behavior in the external offices and
   decorums of social life; manners; knowledge of, or
   training in, the ceremonies, or polite observances of

         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.                             --Hume.

5. Descent; pedigree; extraction. [Obs.]

         Honest gentlemen, I know not your breeding. --Shak.

{Close breeding}, {In and in breeding}, breeding from a male
   and female from the same parentage.

{Cross breeding}, breeding from a male and female of
   different lineage.

{Good breeding}, politeness; genteel deportment.

Syn: Education; instruction; nurture; training; manners. See

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