- the state or quality of being fertile.
- Biology. the ability to produce offspring; power of reproduction: the amazing fertility of rabbits.
- the birthrate of a population.
- (of soil) the capacity to supply nutrients in proper amounts for plant growth when other factors are favorable.
Origin of fertility
Examples from the Web for fertility
Marx forecast that the profit motive would lead to overworking and exhausting the fertility of our soil and other natural systems.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
In Wicca, the female goddess is represented by the Moon, a symbol of Mother Earth and fertility.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism
November 8, 2014
Women who were active most days were more than three times more likely to have fertility problems than inactive women.
A Norwegian population-based survey of nearly 4,000 women under 45 found a clear link between exercise intensity and fertility.
A researcher attending a fertility conference in Michigan this week discussed her research linking obesity to lower fertility.The Biggest Myths and Truths About Baby Making
July 25, 2014
That the stream of literature had passed over, it was apparent only from its fertility.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
What astonishes me is his fertility in the arts of denunciation and scandalmongering.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
He has such huge energy at the back of his fertility of invention.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
This resourcefulness and fertility of method are conspicuous characteristics of him.Herbert Hoover
Indeed, the entire surroundings of Orizaba are gardenlike in fertility and bloom.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
- the ability to produce offspring, esp abundantly
- the state or quality of being fertile
Word Origin and History for fertility
early 15c., from Middle French fertilité, from Latin fertilitatem (nominative fertilitas) "fruitfulness, fertility," from fertilis (see fertile).
- The state of being fertile, especially the ability to produce young.
- 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.