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
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.
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Stevens was negotiating the terms and eyeing some 4,000 square miles of fertile lands around Puget Sound and its tributaries, tribal home to the native Indians.
Its fertile soil was perfect for growing a long list of fruits and vegetables.
David Snyder, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, a nonprofit open government advocacy group, said the agency’s private gatherings may provide fertile ground for serial meetings that are barred under the Brown Act.
Pasquesi remains convinced that Chicago's stage is the finest opportunity and most fertile creative ground for actors and improv comedians to make names for themselves.
Other couples think pregnancy happens based on a woman's cycle, with half of women trying to time sex to fertile days, and 39 percent improving their diet and taking extra vitamins.
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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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