- noting a plant in which reproductive structures fail to develop.
- bearing no stamens or pistils.
Origin of sterile
Examples from the Web for sterile
In reality,” Francis said, “theatrical severity and sterile pessimism are often symptoms of fear and insecurity.Pope Francis Denounces the Vatican Elite’s 'Spiritual Alzheimer’s'|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Koenig has not been a sterile, objective narrator; she has openly voiced her biases, concerns, and gut feelings all along.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End|Emily Shire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Nonsterile gloves and sterile obstetric and surgical gloves were depleted or absent in all four counties,” the report reads.
Though she portrays the Gulf Coast city as sterile, she also writes about it as a kind of haven.
This collection is modern but not sterile, blending feminine and masculine silhouettes.New Kids on the Fashion Block: Timo Weiland, Wes Gordon, and Rosie Assoulin|Erin Cunningham|February 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Calyx of the sterile flowers 4-parted, of the fertile 4-toothed.
Only intellectual invention dragged on a sterile and unlucky existence.Art|Clive Bell
They do not want the feminist, the creature doomed to the sterile affection of a little lamp-post-loving dog dragging at a lead.A Prisoner in Turkey|John Still
A moment later Kennedy caught them in a sterile test tube and sealed the tube.The Social Gangster|Arthur B. Reeve
When the valle is narrow, the costas on either side of the sterile depression face each other, like two parallel roads.The Argentine Republic|Pierre Denis
British Dictionary definitions for sterile
Word Origin for sterile
Word Origin and History for sterile
early 15c., "barren" (implied in sterility), from Middle French stérile "not producing fruit," from Latin sterilis "barren, unproductive," from PIE *ster- "sterile, barren" originally "stiff, rigid" (cf. Greek steresthai "be deprived of," steira "sterile," stereos "firm, solid, stiff, hard;" Sanskrit starih "a barren cow;" Old Church Slavonic sterica "a barren cow;" Gothic stairo "barren;" Old Norse stirtla "a barren cow"). See torpor. Originally in English with reference to soil; of females, from 1530s. The sense of "sterilized" is first recorded 1877.