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- n. The property of being barren; the property of not supporting life.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The condition of being barren; sterility; unproductiveness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being barren.
- n. Want of fertility; total or partial sterility: infertility: as, the barrenness of the land.
- n. Want of the power of producing anything; want of instructiveness, suggestiveness, interest, or the like; want of matter: as, “barrenness of invention,”
- n. Defect of emotion, sensibility, or fervency.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state (usually of a woman) of having no children or being unable to have children
- n. the quality of yielding nothing of value
Indeed, I have worn out the mortars with beating wool and pounding drugs,186 and I am not to blame; the barrenness is with thee, for that thou art a snub-nosed mule and thy sperm is weak and watery and impregnateth not neither getteth children.
I have said that this condemnation to intellectual barrenness is the strongest proof of the essential servility of woman's position in the eyes of man, and I repeat that statement.
Judea admits of a high state of cultivation, and requires it, in order to be productive; its present barrenness is due to neglect.
How often, gliding by in barrenness, has it cast a shade of unutterable dejection on the dial of a sunless day.
The curse of barrenness is the punishment of the sin of barrenness, as Mark xi.
The sin of barrenness is justly punished with the curse and plague of barrenness; Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever.
Now, much of the so-called barrenness of country life is the oak minus the polish.
But hitherto they were not blessed with children, and Mary was jeered at more than once, the people saying that her barrenness was a punishment sent by God.
The infinite lavish fulness of the present quite laughed at the idea of barrenness or want anywhere in time to come.
On the northern side are a few scattered dwellings, and some attempts at cultivation; on the southern nothing appears but immense piles of rocks, with bushes, scattered here and there in their hollows and crevices; if their summer appearance conveys the idea of barrenness, their winter appearance must be dreadful in this region of almost everlasting frost and snow.
A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed. Late A Surgeon On Board An American Privateer, Who Was Captured At Sea By The British, In May, Eighteen Hundred And Thirteen, And Was Confined First, At Melville Island, Halifax, Then At Chatham, In England ... And Last, At Dartmoor Prison. Interspersed With Observations, Anecdotes And Remarks, Tending To Illustrate The Moral And Political Characters Of Three Nations. To Which Is Added, A Correct Engraving Of Dartmoor Prison, Representing The Massacre Of American Prisoners, Written By Himself.