breeder pattern (cellular automata)


breed +‎ -er.


  • IPA(key): /ˈbɹiːdə(ɹ)/
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  • Rhymes: -iːdə(ɹ)


breeder (plural breeders)

  1. A person who breeds plants or animals (professionally).
    • 2016, Jayson Lusk, Unnaturally Delicious, →ISBN, page 137:
      Breeders have figured out that if they can take one haploid set of chromosomes from a cross and copy it (or double it creating a double haploid), they will have a pure line almost instantly.
  2. (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, Jonathan Swift A Modest Proposal
      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.
  3. (gay slang, derogatory) A heterosexual; i.e. one whose sexual intercourse can lead to breeding.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:heterosexual
    Since the breeders started coming here, you can never tell who likes cock.
    • 2000, Gale Harold as Brian Kinney, “Now Approaching... The Line”, in Queer as Folk:
      Hey, you try spending an evening with some back-slapping breeder from out of town, smoking cigars, and talking about pussy.
    • 2010, Walter Lape, Alaska Waters, The Hudson Press (→ISBN)
      My father spoke in a quiet, measured voice that gradually increased in tempo and in volume, “Travis, suppose everyone at this table were gay except you, and I called you a trailer-trash breeder?”
  4. Ellipsis of breeder reactor; a type of nuclear reactor that creates material suitable for the production of atomic weapons.
  5. (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.

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