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breeding

[bree-ding] /ˈbri dɪŋ/
noun
1.
the producing of offspring.
2.
the improvement or development of breeds of livestock, as by selective mating and hybridization.
3.
Horticulture. the production of new forms by selection, crossing, and hybridizing.
4.
training; nurture:
He is a man of good breeding.
5.
the result of upbringing or training as shown in behavior and manners; manners, especially good manners:
You can tell when a person has breeding.
6.
Energy. the production in a nuclear reactor of more fissile material than is consumed.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see breed, -ing1
Related forms
nonbreeding, adjective, noun
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breeding

/ˈbriːdɪŋ/
noun
1.
the process of bearing offspring; reproduction
2.
the process of producing plants or animals by sexual reproduction
3.
the result of good training, esp the knowledge of correct social behaviour; refinement: a man of breeding
4.
a person's line of descent: his breeding was suspect
5.
(physics) a process occurring in a nuclear reactor as a result of which more fissionable material is produced than is used up
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Word Origin and History for nonbreeding

breeding

n.

late 14c., "hatching, incubation;" also "formation, development, growth," verbal noun from breed (v.). Meaning "good manners" is from 1590s.

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