American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To undergo or cause to undergo cross-fertilization.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fertilize, as the ovules of one flower, by the pollen of another flower.
- v. To undergo (or cause to undergo) cross-fertilization.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (Bot.) To fertilize, as the stigmas of a flower or plant, with the pollen from another individual of the same species.
- v. cause to undergo cross-fertilization
- v. undergo cross-fertilization; become fertile
“It remains eminently possible, if not likely, that Saltz's print publications and online presence will cross-fertilize and establish a healthy and sustainable equilibrium.”
“When there are hundreds of companies around, with workers more likely to change jobs, ideas can cross-fertilize.”
“Mike Moorcock has said that one of his ambitions for New Worlds was to cross-fertilize the popular and literary traditions.”
“Adams is deeply interested in the broader musical dimensions of culture, how pop music and classical music coexist and sometimes cross-fertilize, how composers need audience feedback, how musical generations succeed one another and how some artists will fight quixotic battles to their dying day, holding true to avant-garde orthodoxy no matter how isolating it is.”
“The two genres don't play off each other or give each other a fresh spin; they awkwardly coincide and never truly cross-fertilize.”
“That all the fruit here is exceptionally tasty was noted by the Australians, who have taken scions from Kyrgyz apples to propagate and cross-fertilize with their own.”
“They are willing to switch parties and cross-fertilize for someone they think is telling the truth.”
“Here's an exception I'd like to share - a seriously misjudged attempt to cross-fertilize genres.”
“In the distant years after these first years, the tribes will grow more numerous and come together, and cross-fertilize in body and in mind.”
“This, like anything, is a strength as well as a weakness; a strength in the sense of being able to cross-fertilize artistic ideas, and a weakness in the sense of being an artistic jack of all trades, master of none.”
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