AskDefine | Define breeding

Dictionary Definition

breeding adj : producing offspring or set aside especially for producing offspring; "the breeding population"; "retained a few bulls for breeding purposes"


1 elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression [syn: genteelness, gentility]
2 the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior); "a woman of breeding and refinement" [syn: education, training]
3 raising someone to be an accepted member of the community; "they debated whether nature or nurture was more important" [syn: bringing up, fostering, fosterage, nurture, raising, rearing, upbringing]
4 the production of animals or plants by inbreeding or hybridization
5 the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring [syn: reproduction, procreation, facts of life]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The process through which propagation, growth or development occurs.
    Your dog has had good breeding.
  2. The act of insemination by natural or artificial means
  3. The act of copulation in animals


breeding (no comparative or superlative; used only before the noun)
  1. Of, relating to or used for breeding.
    Your toothbrush is a breeding ground for bacteria.

Derived terms


  1. present participle of breed
    Through genetic manipulation and harsh training, I am breeding a species of super-dogs to take over the world.

Extensive Definition

Breeding generally refers to the act of biological reproduction or but may also refer to:

See also

breeding in Japanese: 飼育
breeding in Norwegian: Avl

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