American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- adj. of land, etc. capable of growing abundant crops; productive
- adj. biology capable of reproducing; fecund, fruitful
- adj. biology capable of developing past the egg stage
- adj. of an imagination, etc. productive or prolific
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- adj. bearing in abundance especially offspring
- adj. intellectually productive
- adj. marked by great fruitfulness
- adj. capable of reproducing
- From Old French, from Latin fertilis ("fruitful, fertile"), from ferō ("I bear, carry"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English fertil, from Old French fertile, from Latin fertilis, from ferre, to bear. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Flawed like all of us, he is a full human being, rich and fertile from the inside out.”
“But by rotating pineapple and Brachiaria grasses, we have increased its fertility so much that it allows us to have these grasses only seen in fertile lands.”
“Long term opportunities are sewn in fertile ground through the opposition of the public to righteous men.”
“The bat on the Bacardi symbol is there because the soil where the sugar cane grows is fertile from the excessive guano (bat droppings.)”
“Old Father Nile, after emerging from this Lake, travels 2,000 miles down the valley, through the Sudan into Egypt, till he empties his waters incomparably rich in fertile ingredients into the Mediterranean.”
“She went with John Pringle after posts and helped him fence certain fertile slopes and hollows for winter grazing.”
“This last they described as fertile, well wooded, producing agreeable fruits, and particularly grapes, a fruit with which they were unacquainted.”
“Even in fertile Asia, and in the most ancient times, gleaning was a common practice.”
“Washoe County is a swing area in general elections and is often described as fertile ground for retail, New Hampshire-style politicking.”
“This undulating ground is sometimes called the fertile plain of El-Jumr.”
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