Simple Definition of fertile
: producing many plants or crops : able to support the growth of many plants
: producing a large amount of something
: producing many ideas
Full Definition of fertile
2 a (1) : capable of sustaining abundant plant growth <fertile soil> (2) : affording abundant possibilities for growth or development <damp bathrooms are fertile ground for fungi — Consumer Reports> <a fertile area for research> b : capable of growing or developing <a fertile egg> c (1) : capable of producing fruit (2) of an anther : containing pollen (3) : developing spores or spore-bearing organs d : capable of breeding or reproducing
3 : capable of being converted into fissionable material <fertile uranium 238>
Examples of fertile
an area that is a fertile breeding ground for political extremism
This subject remains a fertile field for additional investigation.
He has a fertile mind.
Origin of fertile
Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin fertilis, from ferre to carry, bear — more at bear
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of fertile
Medical Definition of fertile
1: capable of growing or developing <fertile egg>
2: developing spores or spore-bearing organs
3a: capable of breeding or reproducingbof an estrous cycle : marked by the production of one or more viable eggs
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