3. A number produced at once; a brood. [Obs.]
Breed is usually applied to domestic animals; species or variety to wild animals and to plants; and race
(Breed"bate) n. One who breeds or originates quarrels. [Obs.] "No telltale nor no breedbate."
1. One who, or that which, breeds, produces, brings up, etc.
She was a great breeder.
Dr. A. Carlyle.
Italy and Rome have been the best breeders of worthy men.
2. A cause. "The breeder of my sorrow." Shak.
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.
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 society.
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.
5. Descent; pedigree; extraction. [Obs.]
Honest gentlemen, I know not your breeding. 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
Syn. Education; instruction; nurture; training; manners. See Education.
(Breeze Breeze" fly`) n. [OE. brese, AS. briósa; perh. akin to OHG. brimissa, G. breme, bremse,
D. brems, which are akin to G. brummen to growl, buzz, grumble, L. fremere to murmur; cf. G. brausen,
Sw. brusa, Dan. bruse, to roar, rush.] (Zoöl.) A fly of various species, of the family Tabanidæ, noted
for buzzing about animals, and tormenting them by sucking their blood; called also horsefly, and
gadfly. They are among the largest of two-winged or dipterous insects. The name is also given to different
species of botflies. [Written also breese and brize.]
(Breeze), n. [F. brise; akin to It. brezza breeze, Sp. briza, brisa, a breeze from northeast,
Pg. briza northeast wind; of uncertain origin; cf. F. bise, Pr. bisa, OHG. bisa, north wind, Arm. biz