The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds or fowl hatched at one time by the same mother.
* Bible, Luke xiii. 34
(uncountable) The young of any egg-laying creature, especially if produced at the same time.
The eggs and larvae of social insects such as bees, ants and some wasps, especially when gathered together in special brood chambers or combs within the colony.
The children in one family.
That which is bred or produced; breed; species.
- As a hen doth gather her brood under her wings.
(mining) Heavy waste in tin and copper ores.
- Flocks of the airy brood , / (Cranes, geese or long-necked swans).
* flock, litter, young, get, issue, offspring, posterity, progeny, seed, kin
To keep an egg warm to make it hatch.
- In some species of birds, both the mother and father brood the eggs.
To dwell upon moodily and at length.
- Under the rock was a midshipman fish, brooding a mass of eggs.
* Nathaniel Hawthorne
- He sat brooding about the upcoming battle, fearing the outcome.
- Brooding over all these matters, the mother felt like one who has evoked a spirit.
- when with downcast eyes we muse and brood
A person who breeds plants or animals professionally.
(gay slang, derogatory) A heterosexual; i.e. one whose sexual intercourse can lead to breeding.
A type of nuclear reactor that creates material suitable for the production of atomic weapons. (See Wikipedia's article on s.)
(slang, derogatory) a person who has had or who is capable of having children; a person who is focussed on the rearing of their own children.
* 1729 :
- Since the breeders started coming here, you can never tell who likes cock.
(cellular automata) A pattern that exhibits quadratic growth by generating multiple copies of a secondary pattern, each of which then generates multiple copies of a tertiary pattern.
- The number of souls in this kingdom being usually reckoned one million and a half, of these I calculate there may be about two hundred thousand couple whose wives are breeders'; from which number I subtract thirty thousand couples who are able to maintain their own children, although I apprehend there cannot be so many, under the present distresses of the kingdom; but this being granted, there will remain an hundred and seventy thousand ' breeders .
* breeder reactor