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Fertile definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

FER'TILE, a. [L. fertilis, from fero, to bear.]
1. Fruitful; rich; producing fruit in abundance; as fertile land, ground, soil, fields or meadows. This word in America is rarely applied to trees, or to animals, but to land. It formerly had of before the thing producing; as fertile of all kinds of grain: but in is now used; fertile in grain.
2. Rich; having abundant resources; prolific; productive; inventive; able to produce abundantly; as a fertile genius, mind or imagination.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: capable of reproducing [ant: infertile, sterile, unfertile]
2: intellectually productive; "a prolific writer"; "a fecund imagination" [syn: fecund, fertile, prolific]
3: bearing in abundance especially offspring; "flying foxes are extremely prolific"; "a prolific pear tree" [syn: prolific, fertile]
4: marked by great fruitfulness; "fertile farmland"; "a fat land"; "a productive vineyard"; "rich soil" [syn: fat, fertile, productive, rich]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin fertilis, from ferre to carry, bear more at bear Date: 15th century 1. a. producing or bearing fruit in great quantities ; productive b. characterized by great resourcefulness of thought or imagination ; inventive <a fertile mind> c. obsolete plentiful 2. a. (1) capable of sustaining abundant plant growth <fertile soil> (2) affording abundant possibilities for growth or development <damp bathrooms are fertile ground for fungi Consumer Reports> <a fertile area for research> b. capable of growing or developing <a fertile egg> c. (1) capable of producing fruit (2) of an anther containing pollen (3) developing spores or spore-bearing organs d. capable of breeding or reproducing 3. capable of being converted into fissionable material <fertile uranium 238> fertilely adverb fertileness noun Synonyms: fertile, fecund, fruitful, prolific mean producing or capable of producing offspring or fruit. fertile implies the power to reproduce in kind or to assist in reproduction and growth <fertile soil>; applied figuratively, it suggests readiness of invention and development <a fertile imagination>. fecund emphasizes abundance or rapidity in bearing fruit or offspring <a fecund herd>. fruitful adds to fertile and fecund the implication of desirable or useful results <fruitful research>. prolific stresses rapidity of spreading or multiplying by or as if by natural reproduction <a prolific writer>.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 a (of soil) producing abundant vegetation or crops. b fruitful. 2 a (of a seed, egg, etc.) capable of becoming a new individual. b (of animals and plants) able to conceive young or produce fruit. 3 (of the mind) inventive. 4 (of nuclear material) able to become fissile by the capture of neutrons. Phrases and idioms: Fertile Crescent the fertile region extending in a crescent shape from the E. Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf. Derivatives: fertility n. Etymology: ME f. F f. L fertilis

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Fertile Fer"tile (? or ?; 277), a. [L. fertilis, fr. ferr? to bear, produce: cf. F. fertile. See Bear to support.] 1. Producing fruit or vegetation in abundance; fruitful; able to produce abundantly; prolific; fecund; productive; rich; inventive; as, fertile land or fields; a fertile mind or imagination. Though he in a fertile climate dwell. --Shak. 2. (Bot.) (a) Capable of producing fruit; fruit-bearing; as, fertile flowers. (b) Containing pollen; -- said of anthers. 3. produced in abundance; plenteous; ample. Henceforth, my early care . . . Shall tend thee, and the fertile burden ease Of thy full branches. --Milton. Syn: Fertile, Fruitful. Usage: Fertile implies the inherent power of production; fruitful, the act. The prairies of the West are fertile by nature, and are turned by cultivation into fruitful fields. The same distinction prevails when these words are used figuratively. A man of fertile genius has by nature great readiness of invention; one whose mind is fruitful has resources of thought and a readiness of application which enable him to think and act effectively.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Land or soil that is fertile is able to support the growth of a large number of strong healthy plants. ...fertile soil. ...the rolling fertile countryside of East Cork. = rich ADJ fertility He was able to bring large sterile acreages back to fertility. N-UNCOUNT 2. A fertile mind or imagination is able to produce a lot of good, original ideas. ...a product of Flynn's fertile imagination... ADJ: usu ADJ n 3. A situation or environment that is fertile in relation to a particular activity or feeling encourages the activity or feeling. ...a fertile breeding ground for this kind of violent racism. ADJ: ADJ n 4. A person or animal that is fertile is able to reproduce and have babies or young. The operation cannot be reversed to make her fertile again. ? infertile, sterile ADJ fertility Doctors will tell you that pregnancy is the only sure test for fertility. ? infertility, sterility

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Prolific, fecund, breeding, bearing. 2. Fruitful, productive, rich, plenteous, luxuriant, exuberant, teeming. 3. (Bot.) Fruit-bearing, pistillate, female.

Moby Thesaurus

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