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
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.
In future studies, Krause hopes to collect more mummy DNA from around Egypt to pinpoint when and why ancient Egyptians began to change genetically—and to find out exactly how their ancestors migrated to the fertile crescent in the first place.
Their anger and alienation has proved a fertile ground for false promises and information.
What seemed like a hiatus in the mid-1990s was in fact a fertile time.
Mayadin, an unremarkable but strategic city in the oil-rich eastern province of Deir al-Zour, is roughly 100 miles from Raqqa and lies along Syria's fertile Euphrates River basin.
The international market is another fertile field for long-term growth.
Although fliers of all sorts appeared throughout New York City, the blocks below 14th Street provided particularly fertile ground for political postings, perhaps owing to the area’s tradition of dissent.
The financial wizards who successfully launched Red Hat, the celebrated Linux vendor, are now targeting the lucrative database market as the next fertile ground for capitalizing on open-source development.
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Origin and Etymology 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
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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