1. [syn: coupling, mating, pairing, conjugation, union, sexual union]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mate \Mate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mated; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To match; to marry.
If she be mated with an equal husband. --Shak.
2. To match one's self against; to oppose as equal; to
There is no passion in the mind of man so weak but
it mates and masters the fear of death. --Bacon.
I, . . . in the way of loyalty and truth, . . .
Dare mate a sounder man than Surrey can be. --Shak.
3. To breed; to bring (animals) together for the purpose of
breeding; as, she mated a doberman with a German shepherd.
4. To join together; to fit together; to connect; to link;
as, he mated a saw blade to a broom handle to cut
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: 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" [syn:
coupling, mating, pairing, conjugation, union,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
44 Moby Thesaurus words for "mating":
act of love, adultery, aphrodisia, ass, balling, carnal knowledge,
climax, cohabitation, coition, coitus, coitus interruptus,
commerce, congress, connection, copula, copulation, coupling,
diddling, fornication, intercourse, intimacy, lovemaking,
making it with, marital relations, marriage act, meat, onanism,
orgasm, ovum, pareunia, procreation, relations, screwing, sex,
sex act, sexual climax, sexual commerce, sexual congress,
sexual intercourse, sexual relations, sexual union, sleeping with,