Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Breed \Breed\, n.
A race or variety of men or other animals (or of plants), perpetuating its special or distinctive characteristics by inheritance.
Twice fifteen thousand hearts of England's breed.
Greyhounds of the best breed.
Class; sort; kind; -- of men, things, or qualities.
Are these the breed of wits so wondered at?
This courtesy is not of the right breed.
A number produced at once; a brood. [Obs.]
Note: Breed is usually applied to domestic animals; species or variety to wild animals and to plants; and race to men.
Breed \Breed\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bred; p. pr. & vb. n. Breeding.] [OE. breden, AS. br[=e]dan to nourish, cherish, keep warm, from br[=o]d brood; akin to D. broeden to brood, OHG. bruoten, G. br["u]ten. See Brood.]
To produce as offspring; to bring forth; to bear; to procreate; to generate; to beget; to hatch.
Yet every mother breeds not sons alike.
If the sun breed maggots in a dead dog.
To take care of in infancy, and through the age of youth; to bring up; to nurse and foster.
To bring thee forth with pain, with care to breed.
Born and bred on the verge of the wilderness.
To educate; to instruct; to form by education; to train; -- sometimes followed by up.
But no care was taken to breed him a Protestant.
His farm may not remove his children too far from him, or the trade he breeds them up in.
To engender; to cause; to occasion; to originate; to produce; as, to breed a storm; to breed disease.
Lest the place And my quaint habits breed astonishment.
To give birth to; to be the native place of; as, a pond breeds fish; a northern country breeds stout men.
To raise, as any kind of stock.
To produce or obtain by any natural process. [Obs.]
Children would breed their teeth with less danger.
Syn: To engender; generate; beget; produce; hatch; originate; bring up; nourish; train; instruct.
Breed \Breed\, v. i.
To bear and nourish young; to reproduce or multiply itself; to be pregnant.
That they breed abundantly in the earth.
--Gen. viii. 17.
The mother had never bred before.
Ant. Is your gold and silver ewes and rams? Shy. I can not tell. I make it breed as fast.
To be formed in the parent or dam; to be generated, or to grow, as young before birth.
To have birth; to be produced or multiplied.
Heavens rain grace On that which breeds between them.
To raise a breed; to get progeny.
The kind of animal which you wish to breed from.
To breed in and in, to breed from animals of the same stock that are closely related.
"Breed" is a song by American rock band Nirvana written by frontman Kurt Cobain. It is the fourth song on their 1991 studio album Nevermind.
Breed is the title of three limited series of comic books, The first two are six issues in length, the third contained seven, written and drawn by Jim Starlin and published by Malibu Comics under its Bravura imprint, the third by Image Comics.
Breed (video game)
Breed is a squad based, science-fiction video game developed by Brat Designs and published by cdv Software Entertainment. The game was released in the U.S. and Europe in March and April 2004 for the PC and Mac.
Breed is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
- Colin Breed (born 1947), English politician
- Lawrence M. Breed, American computer scientist
- London Breed, American politician
- Michael Breed (born 1962), American golfer
- Mildred Breed, American bridge player
- Urban Breed, Swedish singer
- William J. Breed (1928–2013), American geologist, paleontologist, naturalist and writer
- Mary Bidwell Breed (1870-1949), American chemist
A breed is a specific group of domestic animals having homogeneous appearance ( phenotype), homogeneous behavior, and/or other characteristics that distinguish it from other organisms of the same species and that were arrived at through selective breeding. Despite the centrality of the idea of "breeds" to animal husbandry and agriculture, no single, scientifically accepted definition of the term exists. A breed is therefore not an objective or biologically verifiable classification but is instead a term of art amongst groups of breeders who share a consensus around what qualities make some members of a given species members of a nameable subset.
When bred together, individuals of the same breed pass on these predictable traits to their offspring, and this ability—known as " breeding true"—is a requirement for a breed. Plant breeds are more commonly known as cultivars. The offspring produced as a result of breeding animals of one breed with other animals of another breed are known as crossbreeds or mixed breeds. Crosses between animal or plant variants above the level of breed/cultivar (i.e. between species, subspecies, botanical variety, even different genera) are referred to as hybrids.
A breed is a group of domestic animals with a homogeneous appearance, behavior, and other characteristics that distinguish it from other animals of the same species.
Breed may also refer to:
- Breed (surname)
- "Breed" (song), a song by Nirvana on the album Nevermind
- Breed (video game), by Brat Designs
- Breed (comics), the title of two limited series of comic books, written and drawn by Jim Starlin
- The Breed Motorcycle Club, an outlaw motorcycle club
- Half-breed, a White/Native American person
- In gay slang, anorectal ejaculation
n. a special lineage; "a breed of Americans"
half-caste offspring of parents of different races (especially of white and Indian parents) [syn: half-breed]
a lineage or race of people [syn: strain]
copulate with a female, used especially of horses; "The horse covers the mare" [syn: cover]
of plants or animals; "She breeds dogs"
have young (animals); "pandas rarely breed in captivity" [syn: multiply]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English bredan "bring young to birth, carry," also "cherish, keep warm," from West Germanic *brodjan (cognates: Old High German bruoten, German brüten "to brood, hatch"), from *brod- "fetus, hatchling," from PIE *bhreue- "burn, heat" (see brood (n.)). Original notion of the word was incubation, warming to hatch. Sense of "grow up, be reared" (in a clan, etc.) is late 14c. Related: Bred; breeding.
"race, lineage, stock" (originally of animals), 1550s, from breed (v.). Of persons, from 1590s. Meaning "kind, species" is from 1580s.
alt. To produce offspring sexually; to bear young. n. 1 All animals or plants of the same species or subspecies. 2 A race or lineage. 3 (context informal English) A group of people with shared characteristics. vb. To produce offspring sexually; to bear young.
Usage examples of "breed".
Despite a conservative training--or because of it, for humdrum lives breed wistful longings of the unknown--he swore a great oath to scale that avoided northern cliff and visit the abnormally antique gray cottage in the sky.
I have ever conversed, or whose treatises I have read, are firmly convinced that the several breeds to which each has attended, are descended from so many aboriginally distinct species.
Origin, history, distribution, characteristics, adaptability, uses, and standards of excellence of all pedigreed breeds of cattle, sheep and swine in America.
Eventually someone hit on the idea of breeding typhus in the labs and spraying it in an aerosol form from airplanes.
He recalled in his affidavit some of these reports of conditions in eight camps inhabited by Russian and Polish workers : overcrowding that bred disease, lack of enough food to keep a man alive, lack of water, lack of toilets.
But down there, in the fields, the most common crop is a special breed of amaranth that our xenobiologist developed for us.
Wonderful that she made a breed of amaranth that makes the colony protein self-sufficient with only ten acres under cultivation.
Life had not dealt fairly with him to make him the eighth and little-prized son of an ambitionless man, a thane of moderate rank who could do nothing but breed on his long-suffering wife like a jack rabbit.
A gentleman of breeding would be perfectly able to understand that he should be apologizing instead of ranting and raving.
A rare breed of Arcadian with the ability to wield magic effortlessly.
Because they travelled around, and had many different pupils, in differing circumstances, the sophists became adept at arguing different points of view, and in time this bred a scepticism about their approach.
Rumour, however, was astir, and as I had powerful friends, so, too, I had the powerful enemies which envy must always be breeding for men in high places such as mine.
It was only when some axolotls in captivity in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris bred, and their young lost their gills, becoming the well-known tiger salamander, that their secret was revealed.
He then bade Liebgart a tender farewell, telling her that if he did not return she must marry none but the man who wore his ring, and sallied forth to deliver his people from the ravenous monsters whom he had thoughtlessly allowed to be bred in their midst.
CHAPTER LVI Pursuit Impassive, as behoves its high breeding, the Dedlock town house stares at the other houses in the street of dismal grandeur and gives no outward sign of anything going wrong within.