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.
- fer·tile·ly, adverb
- fer·tile·ness, noun
- half-fertile, adjective
- half-fer·tile·ly, adverb
- half-fer·tile·ness, noun
- non·fer·tile, adjective
- o·ver·fer·tile, adjective
- pre·fer·tile, adjective
- un·fer·tile, adjective
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How to use fertile in a sentence
By this time, post-transactional activity was very fertile ground for Google.A new era has arrived in local search: Google’s Local Trust Pack | Justin Sanger | September 18, 2020 | Search Engine Land
What they have hit is the world’s most theoretically fertile dead end.This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through September 12) | Singularity Hub Staff | September 12, 2020 | Singularity Hub
The app will show them the dates for your past, current, and predicted periods, fertile windows, and PMS.
With 600,000 infections, South Africa has become a fertile testing ground for vaccines.These countries aren’t waiting for a U.S., China, or U.K. COVID vaccine | Claire Zillman, reporter | August 26, 2020 | Fortune
SpaceX’s fundraising comes during a fertile period, both for the Tesla sister company and capital markets more broadly.Elon Musk’s SpaceX gets a stratospheric valuation in its latest funding | Verne Kopytoff | August 18, 2020 | Fortune
The Eighty-ninth Congress was potentially more fertile ground for the broad range of controversial programs on his dream agenda.
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.
The ground was fertile, with alluvial, or unconsolidated, soil.
Some parts were arid, nearly barren, others green and fertile.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas | Nick Kotz | September 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Not even the most fertile imagination could have conjured a better monster-in-the-dark than IS.
On certain of the stems the fertile cone appears and the spores are ripened about June, after which the process withers.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
San Antonio de Bexar lies in a fertile and well-irrigated valley, stretching westward from the river Salado.
The habitations of the poor are less wretched than those of Italy, but not equal to those of the fertile portion of Switzerland.
For most of the way the country is flat and fertile, and in good part devoted to Grazing, though considerable Wheat is grown.
It is not quite so level nor so perfectly cultivated as central Belgium, but is generally fertile and promises fairly.
British Dictionary definitions for 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 development: fertile seeds; fertile eggs
(of plants) capable of producing gametes, spores, seeds, or fruits
producing many offspring; prolific
highly productive; rich; abundant: a fertile brain
physics (of a substance) able to be transformed into fissile or fissionable material, esp in a nuclear reactor
conducive to productiveness: fertile rain
- fertilely, adverb
- fertileness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for fertile
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.
- fertility noun
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