- bearing, producing, or capable of producing vegetation, crops, etc., abundantly; prolific: fertile soil.
- bearing or capable of bearing offspring.
- abundantly productive: a fertile imagination.
- producing an abundance (usually followed by of or in): a land fertile of wheat.
- conducive to productiveness: fertile showers.
- fertilized, as an egg or ovum; fecundated.
- capable of growth or development, as seeds or eggs.
- capable of producing sexual reproductive structures.
- capable of causing fertilization, as an anther with fully developed pollen.
- having spore-bearing organs, as a frond.
- Physics. (of a nuclide) capable of being transmuted into a fissile nuclide by irradiation with neutrons: Uranium 238 and thorium 232 are fertile nuclides.Compare fissile(def 2).
- produced in abundance.
Origin of fertile
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Examples from the Web for fertile
At present, not every woman is young enough, fertile enough, or healthy enough to have a baby using her own eggs or her own womb.Men Will Someday Have Kids Without Women
January 3, 2015
The ground was fertile, with alluvial, or unconsolidated, soil.Ester Elchies, The Estate Built By Whiskey
December 10, 2014
Some parts were arid, nearly barren, others green and fertile.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas
September 20, 2014
Not even the most fertile imagination could have conjured a better monster-in-the-dark than IS.The Young Girls Escaping the ISIS War
September 16, 2014
Of course the Internet, where the cat is king, has proved a fertile breeding ground for these ventures.London Joins Cat Café Craze Sweeping the Globe
April 9, 2014
That his land may be fertile and he himself abide in security.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
Even the fertile vale, in the hollow of which it lay, had ceased to have existence.The Miraculous Pitcher
Well, I will lead you into the most fertile plains in the world.The Boy Life of Napoleon
From this we gather that his mind was fertile in expedients.Heroes of the Telegraph
The coast, and especially the southern extremity, are fertile.
- capable of producing offspring
- (of land) having nutrients capable of sustaining an abundant growth of plants
- (of farm animals) capable of breeding stock
- capable of undergoing growth and developmentfertile seeds; fertile eggs
- (of plants) capable of producing gametes, spores, seeds, or fruits
- producing many offspring; prolific
- highly productive; rich; abundanta fertile brain
- physics (of a substance) able to be transformed into fissile or fissionable material, esp in a nuclear reactor
- conducive to productivenessfertile rain
Word Origin and History for fertile
mid-15c., from Middle French fertil and directly from Latin fertilis "bearing in abundance, fruitful, productive," from ferre "to bear" (see infer). Fertile Crescent (1914) was coined by U.S. archaeologist James H. Breasted (1865-1935).
- Capable of conceiving and bearing young.
- Fertilized. Used of an ovum.
- Capable of producing offspring, seeds, or fruit.
- Capable of developing into a complete organism; fertilized.
- Capable of supporting plant life; favorable to the growth of crops and plants.