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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mating mean? 

MATING (noun)
  The noun MATING has 1 sense:

1. the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes

  Familiarity information: MATING used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

MATING (noun)

Sense 1mating [BACK TO TOP]


The act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


mating; pairing; sexual union; coupling; union; conjugation

Context examples:

the casual couplings of adolescents / the mating of some species occurs only in the spring

Hypernyms ("mating" is a kind of...):

sex; sex activity; sexual activity; sexual practice (activities associated with sexual intercourse)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mating"):

assortative mating (mating of individuals having more traits in common than likely in random mating)

disassortative mating (mating of individuals having traits more dissimilar than likely in random mating)

cross; crossbreeding; crossing; hybridisation; hybridization; hybridizing; interbreeding ((genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids)

inbreeding (the act of mating closely related individuals)

service; servicing (the act of mating by male animals)

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