Definition of Fertile

1. Adjective. Capable of reproducing.

2. Adjective. Intellectually productive. "A fecund imagination"
Exact synonyms: Fecund, Prolific
Similar to: Productive
Derivative terms: Fecundity

3. Adjective. Bearing in abundance especially offspring. "A prolific pear tree"
Exact synonyms: Prolific
Similar to: Fruitful
Derivative terms: Fertility

4. Adjective. Marked by great fruitfulness. "Rich soil"
Exact synonyms: Fat, Productive, Rich
Similar to: Fruitful
Derivative terms: Fertility, Productiveness, Richness, Richness

Definition of Fertile

1. a. Producing fruit or vegetation in abundance; fruitful; able to produce abundantly; prolific; fecund; productive; rich; inventive; as, fertile land or fields; a fertile mind or imagination.

Definition of Fertile

1. Adjective. (context: of land etc) capable of growing abundant crops; productive ¹

2. Adjective. (biology) capable of reproducing; fecund, fruitful ¹

3. Adjective. (biology) capable of developing past the egg stage ¹

4. Adjective. (context: of an imagination etc) productive or prolific ¹

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Definition of Fertile

1. capable of reproducing [adj]

Medical Definition of Fertile

1. 1. Producing fruit or vegetation in abundance; fruitful; able to produce abundantly; prolific; fecund; productive; rich; inventive; as, fertile land or fields; a fertile mind or imagination. "Though he in a fertile climate dwell." (Shak) 2. Capable of producing fruit; fruit-bearing; as, fertile flowers. Containing pollen; said of anthers. 3. Produced in abundance; plenteous; ample. "Henceforth, my early care . . . Shall tend thee, and the fertile burden ease Of thy full branches." (Milton) Synonym: Fertile, Fruitful. Fertile implies the inherent power of production; fruitful, the act. The prairies of the West are fertile by nature, and are turned by cultivation into fruitful fields. The same distinction prevails when these words are used figuratively. A man of fertile genius has by nature great readiness of invention; one whose mind is fruitful has resources of thought and a readiness of application which enable him to think and act effectively. Origin: L. Fertiliz, fr. Ferr to bear, produce: cf. F. Fertile. See Bear to support. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fertile

fertile (current term)
fertile material
fertile phase

Literary usage of Fertile

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1. Botany by Geological Survey of California, William Henry Brewer, Sereno Watson, Asa Gray (1876)
"fertile flowers 5 to in or numerous, in two or more scries on a cylindrical or columnar receptacle ; their chad' thin, saccate or boat-shawled. ..."

2. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1905)
"... while the ventral lobes alone bear the sporangia; in the new cone, dorsal and ventral lobes are alike fertile, and no sterile bracts are differentiated. ..."

3. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1904)
"... has been expressed by the writer, and which is supported by most students of the subject. A comparison of the developing fertile segment of the leaf of ..."

4. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or, The Preservation of by Charles Darwin (1882)
"Although I know of hardly any thoroughly well-authenticated cases of perfectly fertile hybrid animals, I have reason to believe that the hybrids from ..."

5. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1916)
"Powell proved that in different parts of the Delaware-Maryland peninsula the Kieffer pear is self-sterile, partially self-fertile, or completely ..."

6. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The Kittatinny Mountains constitute the highest land in the state, and are clothed with forests; the valley, which is one of the most fertile parts of the ..."

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