sire


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sire

1. a male parent, esp of a horse or other domestic animal
2. a respectful term of address, now used only in addressing a male monarch

Sire

 

in animal breeding, a male (bull, stallion, boar, ram) used for obtaining offspring. Artificial insemination enables a single valuable sire to produce hundreds or thousands of offspring a year. For pedigree use, sires are selected from highly productive fertile parents and are evaluated on the basis of their ancestors; they must have a proper conformation, good health, and resistance to disease. In the process of pedigree use they are evaluated on the basis of their progeny. A sire whose offspring excels its parents in productivity and pedigree qualities is considered an improver. Especially valuable are sires that consistently transmit valuable properties to their offspring. In the USSR the best sires are kept at centers where pedigree work is conducted and artificial insemination is performed. The semen of sires is exchanged between countries.

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"Ah, sire, you recompense but badly this poor young man, who has come so far, and with so much ardor, to give your majesty useful information.
"Sire, I thought his name was unknown to your majesty."
"Sire, the duke is right, and I believe your majesty will think it equally important."
"Yes; but the Scots were cruel compatriots for me, sire; they had forced me to forsake the religion of my fathers; they had hung Lord Montrose, the most devoted of my servants, because he was not a Covenanter; and as the poor martyr, to whom they had offered a favor when dying, had asked that his body might be cut into as many pieces as there are cities in Scotland, in order that evidence of his fidelity might be met with everywhere, I could not leave one city, or go into another, without passing under some fragments of a body which had acted, fought, and breathed for me.
On the 5th of September, 1651, sire, the anniversary of the other battle of Dunbar, so fatal to the Scots, I was conquered.
I will some day write all this, sire, for the instruction of my brother kings.
"I must have a roof for these paintings, sire, and, although
"Sire, your majesty knoweth that Simon Radin is dead?"
Sire! Your majesty will damage many companies of men of war thereon."
"Indeed, sire, I wholly comprehend your disappointment.
"And who told you this fine story, sire?" asked Treville, quietly.
"I might answer, sire, that he is too deeply interested in the question to be a very impartial witness; but so far from that, sire, I know the duke to be a royal gentleman, and I refer the matter to him--but upon one condition, sire."