Definition of fertile
1a : producing or bearing many crops in great quantities : productive fertile fields of corn and oatsb : characterized by great resourcefulness of thought or imagination : inventive a fertile mindc obsolete : plentiful
2a (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 researchb : capable of growing or developing a fertile eggc (1) : capable of producing fruit fertile trees (2) of an anther : containing pollen (3) : developing spores or spore-bearing organsd : capable of breeding or reproducing
3 : capable of being converted into fissionable material fertile uranium 238
fertilelyplay \ˈfər-təl-(l)ē\ adverb
fertilenessplay \ˈfər-təl-nəs\ noun
Examples of fertile in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of fertile from the Web
VOTING to extend California’s cap-and-trade programme an extra decade to 2030 was a tough decision for Devon Mathis, a Republican assemblyman who represents a large swathe of the state’s fertile Central Valley.
Subra explains to us that 200 years ago Cancer Alley was a fertile belt of river-front land occupied by sugarcane and cotton plantations, and worked by enslaved African American men and women.
Males often chased, bit, struck, and scratched fertile females (easily distinguished by their bright red, swollen hindquarters), but not pregnant or lactating females.
In today’s almost punishingly fertile television garden, though, a series needs to put on quite a vivid and nourishing pageant to draw our sustained attention.
Use organic material such as grass clippings, leaves or straw to eliminate weed growth and build up organic matter to make the soil more fertile and easier to work.
John Brown built Sugar Grove Plantation on 650 acres of fertile land.
That rapidly growing popularity of youth hockey in the state indicates an Illinois program would have a fertile recruiting ground.
That’s no surprise, perhaps, given the organic revolution and the proximity to the state’s absurdly fertile Central Valley, which produces half of the country’s fruits and vegetables.
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Synonym Discussion of fertile
FERTILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fertile for English Language Learners
: producing many plants or crops : able to support the growth of many plants
: producing a large amount of something
: producing many ideas
FERTILE Defined for Kids
Definition of fertile for Students
1 : producing many plants or crops fertile fields
2 : producing many ideas a fertile mind
3 : capable of developing and growing a fertile egg
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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