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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Good \Good\, a. [Compar. Better; superl. Best. These words, though used as the comparative and superlative of good, are from a different root.] [AS. G[=o]d, akin to D. goed, OS. g[=o]d, OHG. guot, G. gut, Icel. g[=o][eth]r, Sw. & Dan. god, Goth. g[=o]ds; prob. orig., fitting, belonging together, and akin to E. gather. [root]29 Cf. Gather.] [1913 Webster] 1. Possessing desirable qualities; adapted to answer the end designed; promoting success, welfare, or happiness; serviceable; useful; fit; excellent; admirable; commendable; not bad, corrupt, evil, noxious, offensive, or troublesome, etc. [1913 Webster] And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. --Gen. i. 31. [1913 Webster] Good company, good wine, good welcome. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Possessing moral excellence or virtue; virtuous; pious; religious; -- said of persons or actions. [1913 Webster] In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works. --Tit. ii. 7. [1913 Webster] 3. Kind; benevolent; humane; merciful; gracious; polite; propitious; friendly; well-disposed; -- often followed by to or toward, also formerly by unto. [1913 Webster] The men were very good unto us. --1 Sam. xxv. 15. [1913 Webster] 4. Serviceable; suited; adapted; suitable; of use; to be relied upon; -- followed especially by for. [1913 Webster] All quality that is good for anything is founded originally in merit. --Collier. [1913 Webster] 5. Clever; skillful; dexterous; ready; handy; -- followed especially by at. [1913 Webster] He . . . is a good workman; a very good tailor. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Those are generally good at flattering who are good for nothing else. --South. [1913 Webster] 6. Adequate; sufficient; competent; sound; not fallacious; valid; in a commercial sense, to be depended on for the discharge of obligations incurred; having pecuniary ability; of unimpaired credit. [1913 Webster] My reasons are both good and weighty. --Shak. [1913 Webster] My meaning in saying he is a good man is . . . that he is sufficient . . . I think I may take his bond. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. Real; actual; serious; as in the phrases in good earnest; in good sooth. [1913 Webster] Love no man in good earnest. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 8. Not small, insignificant, or of no account; considerable; esp., in the phrases a good deal, a good way, a good degree, a good share or part, etc. [1913 Webster] 9. Not lacking or deficient; full; complete. [1913 Webster] Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over. --Luke vi. 38. [1913 Webster] 10. Not blemished or impeached; fair; honorable; unsullied; as in the phrases a good name, a good report, good repute, etc. [1913 Webster] A good name is better than precious ointment. --Eccl. vii. 1. [1913 Webster] As good as. See under As. For good, or For good and all, completely and finally; fully; truly. [1913 Webster] The good woman never died after this, till she came to die for good and all. --L'Estrange. Good breeding, polite or polished manners, formed by education; a polite education. [1913 Webster] Distinguished by good humor and good breeding. --Macaulay. Good cheap, literally, good bargain; reasonably cheap. Good consideration (Law). (a) A consideration of blood or of natural love and affection. --Blackstone. (b) A valuable consideration, or one which will sustain a contract. Good fellow, a person of companionable qualities. [Familiar] Good folk, or Good people, fairies; brownies; pixies, etc. [Colloq. Eng. & Scot.] Good for nothing. (a) Of no value; useless; worthless. (b) Used substantively, an idle, worthless person. [1913 Webster] My father always said I was born to be a good for nothing. --Ld. Lytton. Good Friday, the Friday of Holy Week, kept in some churches as a fast, in memoory of our Savior's passion or suffering; the anniversary of the crucifixion. Good humor, or Good-humor, a cheerful or pleasant temper or state of mind. Good humor man, a travelling vendor who sells Good Humor ice-cream (or some similar ice-cream) from a small refrigerated truck; he usually drives slowly through residential neighborhoods in summertime, loudly playing some distinctive recorded music to announce his presence. [U. S.] Good nature, or Good-nature, habitual kindness or mildness of temper or disposition; amiability; state of being in good humor. [1913 Webster] The good nature and generosity which belonged to his character. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] The young count's good nature and easy persuadability were among his best characteristics. --Hawthorne. Good people. See Good folk (above). Good speed, good luck; good success; godspeed; -- an old form of wishing success. See Speed. Good turn, an act of kidness; a favor. Good will. (a) Benevolence; well wishing; kindly feeling. (b) (Law) The custom of any trade or business; the tendency or inclination of persons, old customers and others, to resort to an established place of business; the advantage accruing from tendency or inclination. [1913 Webster] The good will of a trade is nothing more than the probability that the old customers will resort to the old place. --Lord Eldon. In good time. (a) Promptly; punctually; opportunely; not too soon nor too late. (b) (Mus.) Correctly; in proper time. To hold good, to remain true or valid; to be operative; to remain in force or effect; as, his promise holds good; the condition still holds good. To make good, to fulfill; to establish; to maintain; to supply (a defect or deficiency); to indemmify; to prove or verify (an accusation); to prove to be blameless; to clear; to vindicate. [1913 Webster] Each word made good and true. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Of no power to make his wishes good. --Shak. [1913 Webster] I . . . would by combat make her good. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Convenient numbers to make good the city. --Shak. To think good, to approve; to be pleased or satisfied with; to consider expedient or proper. [1913 Webster] If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. --Zech. xi. 12. [1913 Webster] Note: Good, in the sense of wishing well, is much used in greeting and leave-taking; as, good day, good night, good evening, good morning, etc. [1913 Webster] .
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Breeding \Breed"ing\, n. 1. The act or process of generating or bearing. [1913 Webster] 2. The raising or improving of any kind of domestic animals; as, farmers should pay attention to breeding. [1913 Webster] 3. Nurture; education; formation of manners. [1913 Webster] She had her breeding at my father's charge. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. Deportment or behavior in the external offices and decorums of social life; manners; knowledge of, or training in, the ceremonies, or polite observances of society. [1913 Webster] Delicacy of breeding, or that polite deference and respect which civility obliges us either to express or counterfeit towards the persons with whom we converse. --Hume. [1913 Webster] 5. Descent; pedigree; extraction. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Honest gentlemen, I know not your breeding. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Close breeding, In and in breeding, breeding from a male and female from the same parentage. Cross breeding, breeding from a male and female of different lineage. Good breeding, politeness; genteel deportment. [1913 Webster] Syn: Education; instruction; nurture; training; manners. See Education. [1913 Webster] Breeze