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mate 1

 (māt)
n.
1. One of a matched pair: the mate to this glove.
2. A spouse or romantic partner.
3.
a. Either of a pair of birds or other animals that associate in order to propagate.
b. Either of a pair of animals brought together for breeding.
c. Either of a pair of plants, fungi, or other organisms that engage in sexual reproduction or conjugation with each other.
4.
a. A person with whom one is in close association; an associate.
b. Chiefly British A good friend or companion.
c. A person with whom one shares living quarters. Often used in combination: advertised for a new flatmate.
5. A deck officer on a merchant ship ranking next below the master.
6. A US Navy petty officer who is an assistant to a warrant officer.
v. mat·ed, mat·ing, mates
v.tr.
1. To join closely or combine: an engine that is mated to a four-speed transmission.
2. To cause to be united in marriage or a romantic sexual relationship.
3. To cause (organisms) to breed or bring (organisms) into close proximity for breeding.
v.intr.
1. To become joined in marriage or a romantic sexual relationship.
2.
a. To be paired for reproducing; breed.
b. To engage in sexual reproduction or conjugation.

[Middle English, from Middle Low German gemate, mate, messmate.]

mate 2

 (māt)
n.
A checkmate.
tr. & intr.v. mat·ed, mat·ing, mates
To checkmate or achieve a checkmate.

[Middle English, from Old French mat, checkmated, from Arabic māt, he has died; see checkmate.]

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bombilla (foreground) and mate cup(background)

ma·te 3

 (mä′tā) also ma·té (mä-tĕ′)
n.
1. An evergreen shrub or small tree (Ilex paraguariensis) of South America, widely cultivated for its leaves, which are used to prepare a tealike beverage.
2. A tealike beverage, popular in South America, made from the dried leaves of this plant. Also called Paraguay tea, yerba mate.
3. An oval or rounded container or cup, traditionally made from a hollow calabash, in which this tea is prepared and served.

[American Spanish, from Quechua mati, calabash container.]

mating

(ˈmeɪtɪŋ)
n
1. (Zoology) the action of pairing for reproduction
2. (Chess & Draughts) chess the action of checkmating
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mating - the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposesmating - the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes; "the casual couplings of adolescents"; "the mating of some species occurs only in the spring"
sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice - activities associated with sexual intercourse; "they had sex in the back seat"
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
hybridisation, hybridization, hybridizing, interbreeding, crossbreeding, crossing, cross - (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
servicing, service - the act of mating by male animals; "the bull was worth good money in servicing fees"

mating

noun breeding, sex, pairing, intercourse, procreation, copulating, copulation, coitus (formal), coition (formal) busy sea lions preparing for mating
Translations

mating

[ˈmeɪtɪŋ]
A. N
1. (Zool) → apareamiento m
2. (fig) → unión f
B. CPD mating call Naullido m/rugido m de la época de celo
mating season Népoca f de celo

mating

[ˈmætɪŋ] naccouplement mmating call n [male] → appel m du mâle; [female] → appel m de la femellemating season nsaison f des amours

mating

nPaarung f

mating

:
mating call
nLockruf m; (of birds also)Balzlaut m; (of deer also)Brunstschrei m
mating dance
nPaarungstanz m
mating season
nPaarungszeit f

mating

[ˈmeɪtɪŋ]
1. naccoppiamento
2. adjdell'accoppiamento

mat·ing

n. emparejamiento de sexos opuestos esp. para la reproducción.
References in classic literature ?
Hunsden would as little have thought of taking a wife from a caste inferior to his own, as a Stanley would think of mating with a Cobden.
One albino, for instance, divided the number of pounds of honey in stock by the number of bees in the Hive, and proved that if every bee only gathered honey for seven and three quarter minutes a day, she would have the rest of the time to herself, and could accompany the drones on their mating flights.
Think you, Salensus Oll, that the wife of such as he is," she cried, "would ever dishonor his memory, were he a thousand times dead, by mating with a lesser mortal?
Dear" and "darling" were too terribly intimate for them to achieve quickly; and, unlike most mating couples, they did not overwork the love-words.
378-382) And Eos bare to Astraeus the strong-hearted winds, brightening Zephyrus, and Boreas, headlong in his course, and Notus, -- a goddess mating in love with a god.
And the funny thing is, though I'm night-born in everything else, I'm not when it comes to mating.
As she said herself, she was savage in everything except mating, and then she wanted her own kind.
They felt no greater suspicion of him than of any other bull of their acquaintance; yet they did not love him, for they loved none outside the mating season, and the animosities aroused by other bulls during that season lasted well over until the next.
With a grunt, he descended, his thoughts dwelling no longer on death, but on love, for he was mating.
The thin cotton sleeve fitted the irreproach able roundness of her arm like a skin; and her very dress, stretched on her bust, seemed to palpitate like a living tissue with the strength of vitality ani mating her body.
Some studies of birds have suggested that time and energy costs of search may restrict mate sampling opportunities for females to the extent that they are forced to choose sub-optimal or maladaptive mating options (Slagsvold et al.
London, March 21 ( ANI ): Male fruit flies consistently change their mating behaviour depending on whether they have spent time with other males before mating, according to a new study.