from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make fecund or fruitful.
- transitive v. To impregnate; fertilize.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make fertile.
- v. To inseminate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make fruitful or prolific.
- transitive v. To render fruitful or prolific; to impregnate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make fruitful or prolific; specifically, in biology, to render capable of development by the introduction of the male germ-element; impregnate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. introduce semen into (a female)
- v. make fertile or productive
#509 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: view all by ::: March 05, 2010, 09:03 AM: "Catenate" is is my vocabulary, as is "fecundate".
I've met catenate, hyaline, and fecundate, just not often.
We say, to fertilize (chiefly, however, when speaking of plants) or to fecundate an ovum, or to impregnate a female or woman, and to conceive a child.
It is imagined that the narrow aperture of the smaller cells, and the manner in which the form of this aperture compels the queen to bend forward, exercise a certain pressure upon the spermatheca, in consequence of which the spermatozoa spring forth and fecundate the egg as it passes.
The sun is the agent of the generative power of the sky, and his beams fecundate the earth, so that from her all life is produced.
Every human being has a moment when his heart is easily touched, when the tears of grief will flow; and those tears may fecundate a generous thought which might lead to repentance.
If copulation occurs, however, zoosperms are brought into the cavity of the uterus, and, coming in contact with the ovum, fecundate it.
The third variety of hermaphrodites embraces those animals in which the male organs are so disposed as not to fecundate the ova of the same body, but require the co-operation of two individuals, notwithstanding the co-existence in each of the organs of both sexes.
In other classes, as _entozoa_, there appear to be special provisions whereby the sperm-cells and germ-cells may be united; _i. e._, the male organs are developed and so disposed as to fecundate the ova of the same individual.
How could one fecundate the universal doubt so that it should give birth to a new faith? and what sort of illusion, what divine falsehood of any kind could be made to germinate in the contemporary world, ravaged as it had been upon all sides, broken up by a century of science?