|1.||[ noun ] the act of grouping things or people in pairs|
|Related terms:||grouping buddy_system match-up pair|
|2.||[ noun ] (biology,sexuality) the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes|
|Synonyms:||mating union sexual_union conjugation coupling|
"the casual couplings of adolescents" "the mating of some species occurs only in the spring"
|Related terms:||sexual_activity inbreeding hybridization assortative_mating servicing disassortative_mating copulate conjugate|