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[bree-der] /ˈbri dər/
an animal, plant, or person that produces offspring or reproduces.
a person who raises animals or plants primarily for breeding purposes.
Also called breeder reactor. Energy. a nuclear reactor in which more fissile material is produced than is consumed.
Origin of breeder
1525-35; breed + -er1
Related forms
nonbreeder, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for breeder
  • He hoped to find some new method of making a living and aspired to become a professional breeder of ferrets.
  • Fast-breeder reactors were to provide a never-ending stream of cheap plutonium, useful for both weapons and power.
  • Unless you go to breeder reactors, you are going to run into shortages if the world turns heavily to nuclear.
  • It was stated that breeder reactors have not been accepted because of proliferation concerns.
  • Every orchid or rose or lizard or snake is the work of a dedicated and skilled breeder.
  • All he needed was old-fashioned growth hormones infused into the dog's brain by an old-fashioned dog breeder.
  • breeder must use new hybridization, injecting new blood to overcome this problem.
  • Carter spent billions researching if breeder reactor technology was feasible.
  • Further note breeder reactor will provide us with the ability to produce energy for thousands of years.
  • Another option for nuclear could be breeder reactors to produce additional fuel.
British Dictionary definitions for breeder


a person who breeds plants or animals
something that reproduces, esp to excess: rabbits are persistent breeders
an animal kept for breeding purposes
a source or cause: a breeder of discontent
short for breeder reactor
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Word Origin and History for breeder

1570s, "one who produces or originates," agent noun from breed (v.). Meaning "one who breeds cattle" or some other animal is recorded from 1530s. Of nuclear reactors, from 1948. As a scornful homosexual term for "heterosexual person," attested from 1986.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for breeder



A heterosexual person; straight: the scornful term ''breeders,'' used by some urban gays about heterosexual couples with children (1980s+ Homosexuals)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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