from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Biology Capable of initiating, sustaining, or supporting reproduction.
- adj. Biology Capable of growing and developing; able to mature: a fertile egg.
- adj. Botany Bearing functional reproductive structures such as seeds or fruit or material such as spores or pollen.
- adj. Bearing or producing crops or vegetation abundantly; fruitful.
- adj. Rich in material needed to sustain plant growth: fertile soil.
- adj. Highly or continuously productive; prolific: a fertile imagination; a fertile source of new ideas.
- adj. Physics Capable of producing fissionable material: fertile thorium 232.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. capable of growing abundant crops; productive
- adj. capable of reproducing; fecund, fruitful
- adj. capable of developing past the egg stage
- adj. productive or prolific
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Producing fruit or vegetation in abundance; fruitful; able to produce abundantly; prolific; fecund; productive; rich; inventive
- adj. Capable of producing fruit; fruit-bearing.
- adj. Containing pollen; -- said of anthers.
- adj. produced in abundance; plenteous; ample.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Bearing or producing abundantly, as of vegetable growth, and sometimes of offspring; productive; fruitful: with of or in before the thing produced: as,fertile soil; a fertile breed of animals; a land fertile of wheat, or fertile in soldiers as well as supplies.
- Productive mentally; fruitful in intellectual activity; inventive; ingenious: as, a fertile brain or imagination; a mind fertile in resources.
- In bot.:
- Fruiting, or capable of producing fruit; having a perfect pistil: as, a fertile flower.
- Capable of fertilizing, as an anther with well-developed pollen.
- Causing production; fertilizing; promoting fecundity: as, fertile showers; fertile thoughts; a fertile suggestion.
- In bee-keeping, in a fertilized state; pregnant. See the extract.
- Synonyms Productive, etc. See fruitful.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. bearing in abundance especially offspring
- adj. intellectually productive
- adj. marked by great fruitfulness
- adj. capable of reproducing
Middle English fertil, from Old French fertile, from Latin fertilis, from ferre, to bear.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French, from Latin fertilis ("fruitful, fertile"), from ferō ("I bear, carry"). (Wiktionary)