Definition of fertile in US English:

fertile

adjective

  • 1(of soil or land) producing or capable of producing abundant vegetation or crops.

    ‘fields along the fertile flood plains of the river’
    figurative ‘Germany in the 1920s and 30s was fertile ground for such ideas’
    • ‘It was known for its fertile land and abundance of food, was flanked by a wide canal that gave it protection from the Burmese camp at Viseschaicharn, and could be reinforced from Suphanburi.’
    • ‘The population is 55 percent urban, with most people concentrated in the Pacific lowlands because of the fertile land there.’
    • ‘Andhra Pradesh officials are currently touring east Africa, where some governments are ready to welcome Indian farmers to till vacant fertile lands.’
    • ‘Its a fertile land which needs a lot of irrigation - there are great rivers in Zambia such as the Zambezi.’
    • ‘Generations of Australian schoolchildren have been taught that McMillan was a trailblazing settler, the first to cross the Snowy Mountains, opening up the fertile lands beyond.’
    • ‘Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province is holding its first folk custom exhibition at the fair to display the charm of its fertile land.’
    • ‘We have fertile lands… and you have people sleeping on the pavement, children with no place to live.’
    • ‘Abundant rainfall and very fertile soils have made Gusiiland one of the most productive agricultural areas in Kenya.’
    • ‘So has the advance of the Sahara Desert by an estimated 10 km a year, increasing competition for remaining fertile land.’
    • ‘The soil is extremely fertile and produces immense crops when there is enough rainfall, otherwise they are a failure.’
    • ‘Some stress the availability of such abundant natural resources as fertile soils and rich supplies of iron, coal, and oil.’
    • ‘There is fertile land on the Andean plateau but not in abundance.’
    • ‘Green mountains, winding creeks and fertile land make for a lyrical and carefree life.’
    • ‘By using the Catholic Church as his compost heap, Carrera has planted in fertile ground the seeds of a story that has universal implications.’
    • ‘This is part of a three-year scheme to relocate over 2 million people from the drought-prone areas to the relatively unpopulated fertile lands in the south and west.’
    • ‘The once fertile land of Egypt is now being ruined by the proliferation of brick, stone and concrete.’
    • ‘The European soil was more fertile ground than the American for public choice ideas over much of the period under consideration.’
    • ‘It seems likely that much of the fertile lands of the Garonne corridor and the coastal strip were in the hands of rich proprietors, who owned vast estates.’
    • ‘Malaria has been eradicated and the Hule has become one of the breadbaskets of Israel, acre upon acre of fertile land abundant with fruit and grain and garden crops.’
    • ‘The mountains prevented large-scale farming and impelled the Greeks to look beyond their borders to new lands where fertile soil was more abundant.’
    fecund, fruitful, productive, high-yielding, prolific, proliferating, propagative, generative
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    1. 1.1 (of a seed or egg) capable of becoming a new individual.
      • ‘But the other female flowers nearby are pollinated as the wasp brushes against them, and will form fertile seeds.’
      • ‘The adults I believe will be ready to produce fertile eggs in about a month.’
      • ‘The European Union confirmed that the ban on imports into EU countries was only applicable to ostrich meat, live ostriches and fertile eggs.’
      • ‘The left and right bars of each pair represent infertile and fertile eggs, respectively.’
      • ‘These are growing trees whose seeds are fertile.’
      • ‘In total, the number of crosses producing fertile eggs in each experiment ranged from 31 to 71.’
      • ‘Birch is without fruit but just the same it bears limbs without fertile seed; it has beautiful branches, high on its crown it is finely covered, loaded with leaves, touching the sky.’
      • ‘For fertile eggs that have hatched, only the outer shell of the chorion remains, while unhatched eggs appear full with the embryo still inside the chorion.’
      • ‘All females that laid fertile eggs were given a month's break.’
      • ‘Finally, he gave them a fertile egg that needed care to hatch.’
      • ‘Just as it sounds, a fertile egg has been fertilized by a male chicken and could potentially become a chick.’
      • ‘A local flock, an exotic bird auction, or a swap meet all can be good sources of fertile eggs.’
      • ‘Each plant produced from one to three fertile seeds and ear morphology was sufficiently clear to allow selection of K-suppressed lines.’
      • ‘Some of my favorite duck hens were getting older though, so I had to reconsider artificial incubation for any fertile eggs they laid.’
      • ‘A total number of 1000 seeds were randomly selected from each of the replicates, given that O. rufipogon usually produces limited fertile seeds.’
      • ‘They are called sloes and inside is a fertile seed protected inside a hard stone.’
      • ‘These eggs were not fertile, though, and did not hatch.’
      • ‘The female turtles can only lay a maximum of three fertile eggs at a time - three times less than green sea turtles.’
      • ‘He also exploited the fertile egg in ways that nobody had ever thought of using it before.’
      • ‘Finally, they were given a fertile egg that needed care to hatch.’
    2. 1.2 (of a person, animal, or plant) able to conceive young or produce seed.
      ‘Barbara carefully calculated the period when she was most fertile’
      • ‘The advantage is that we are breeding from our most fertile cows.’
      • ‘Let us take a walk through this field of fertile fungi simply to see what there is by way of anatomy.’
      • ‘The right season for crab and hot pot is autumn and winter, when crabs are fertile and plump with a tight texture and hot pot dispels the chill.’
      • ‘I speculate that such fertile plants may be what hybridized with dugdug.’
      • ‘Lacecap hydrangeas bear flat round flowerheads with centers of fertile flowers surrounded by outer rings of sterile flowers.’
      • ‘Plants do not produce viable seeds for 20 to 30 years, but individual trees can remain fertile for more than 1000 years.’
      • ‘Lacecaps look quite different to their mophead relatives with flatter flowers made up of an outer ring of large sterile florets surrounding a cluster of tiny fertile flowers.’
      • ‘As long as the birds were fertile and sang happily, Cypriot Turks maintained hope that they would one day regain their freedom.’
      • ‘These garlics still produce a flower stalk but rather than bearing fertile flowers, the stalk ends in an aboveground capsule containing small cloves or bulbils.’
      • ‘A sample consisting of 30 randomly chosen capitula of each order was used to count the number of fertile flowers and achenes per capitulum to calculate percentage fruit set.’
      • ‘Identifying the most fertile cows could help producers achieve higher pregnancy rates in their herds and make their operations more efficient.’
      • ‘These rescued flies were fertile and phenotypically normal, except that one line produced rescued males with a weak extra sex combs phenotype.’
      • ‘It's in our biology to seek out young and fertile creatures.’
      • ‘I only hope these families have saved money during the two years that the very fertile goose laid the golden eggs.’
      • ‘Panthers are now birthing healthy fertile cubs and numbers are growing.’
      • ‘Another important difference between plant and animal cells is that a complete, fertile plant can develop from a single somatic cell and not just from a fertilized egg.’
      • ‘All five mice were fertile and went on to produce their own healthy pups.’
      • ‘Young adults also instituted a new ritual: flying in dense night swarms as millions of the newly fertile individuals sought mates and homes.’
      • ‘The new plant is now fertile, able to disperse and reproduce, sometimes beyond the ranges of its parents.’
      • ‘Since female mice are fertile for more than a year, their ovaries had to be generating new oocytes, the scientists reasoned.’
      able to conceive, able to have children, fecund, potent, generative, reproductive
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    3. 1.3 (of a person's mind or imagination) producing many new and inventive ideas with ease.
      • ‘His paintings were the product of a fertile imagination, love of the sea, and the transcendental aspirations common to several 19th-century American painters.’
      • ‘I was growing weary reading about someone I don't know and also fear may be the product of your fertile, er, imagination.’
      • ‘In an age when television violence and video games threaten to stagnate little minds and their fertile imagination, the good news is that redemption does exist through toys and games.’
      • ‘It is from this very imagination of some fertile minds that various religious texts, rituals and ideas have sprouted.’
      • ‘This is not a gospel that originated in the fertile imagination of the apostle Paul.’
      • ‘Apart from the stoic traditional perspective that purists hold, it is the fertile imagination of artistes that brings about a fresh outlook to a customary concept.’
      • ‘The denseness of the imagery suggests either that Klemann has a marvelously fertile imagination, or that we all are inventive in our dreams but fail to hold onto them like this.’
      • ‘With a fertile imagination, you will produce something creative and that will make you popular.’
      • ‘His mind was so fertile in ideas and analogies, his quest for precision so exacting that, even if he had been able to complete his revision, it is unlikely that he would ever have been satisfied with it.’
      • ‘So it's all just a product of our really fertile imaginations (coming up with this plotline was a collective effort, as you will see if you go to my bio).’
      • ‘A product of the fertile imagination of speed guru Roy LoPresti, the Tiger was something special.’
      • ‘These characters are all part of Kamen's fertile imagination as he invented all of these roles.’
      • ‘Peimer's creative imagination remains fertile as ever; she continues to prove herself a true master of songcraft.’
      • ‘Fame & Fortune: Writer cashes in on fertile imagination.’
      • ‘In Lindsay's fertile imagination, such ideas interact in strange and unexpected ways.’
      • ‘It was my territory: wilder, more interesting, less boringly formal, where I could indulge my already fertile imagination, and lose myself in elaborate fantasies.’
      • ‘Your fertile imagination will make you creative.’
      • ‘The painting is replete with colourful animals and childlike forms, all products of Dixon's fertile imagination.’
      • ‘There seems to be an endless stream of business ideas flowing from the fertile brain of Sir Iain Noble.’
      • ‘Those in the creative field will make gainful use of their fertile imagination.’
      imaginative, inventive, innovative, innovational, creative, visionary, original, ingenious, resourceful, constructive
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    4. 1.4 (of a situation or subject) fruitful and productive in generating new ideas.
      ‘a series of fertile debates within the social sciences’
      • ‘I think we're at the end of a very fertile period of activity in American arts.’
      • ‘The ramps will be approximately 150 yards away from this hostel, making it a fertile prospect for drug pushers both on site at the hostel and also the ramp site.’
      • ‘My own learning has taken place at the fertile conjunction of Hinduism and Buddhism, although my deistic inclination firmly locates me in the former tradition.’
      • ‘The lake, however, has become a fertile subject of debate for joggers and authorities, who blame each other for the decaying of the water body.’
      • ‘Indeed, the Web provides a fertile opportunity for innovation and definition.’
      • ‘Her eyes light up as she imagines some of the fertile opportunities that still lie fallow.’
      • ‘There was a real sense that we are in the process of building a nation in which new ideas found a fertile environment and were not tied or held back by old fashioned beliefs or customs.’
      • ‘They have suggested a sinister network where child molesters passed the word around that the schools were fertile areas for their activities.’
      • ‘There is the fertile possibility of meaning within this gruesome mockumentary.’
      • ‘When Chester accepted the invitation to go to the University of Kentucky, it put our family in a fertile situation where we could grow individually and as a family.’
      • ‘Taking refuge in the dharma, taking a passionless approach, means that all of life is regarded as a fertile situation and a learning situation, always.’
      • ‘Both proved fertile forums for disruption within the party, and neither was very effective organizationally.’
    5. 1.5Physics (of nuclear material) able to become fissile by the capture of neutrons.
      • ‘This report provides an overview of recyclable fissile and fertile materials inventories which can be reused as nuclear fuel.’
      • ‘It does not contain fissile or fertile nuclear materials; therefore, there is no risk of nuclear proliferation.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via French from Latin fertilis, from ferre ‘to bear’.

Pronunciation

fertile

/ˈfərdl//ˈfərdl/