fertilizer

noun
fer·​til·​iz·​er | \ˈfər-tə-ˌlī-zər \

Definition of fertilizer 

: one that fertilizes specifically : a substance (such as manure or a chemical mixture) used to make soil more fertile

Examples of fertilizer in a Sentence

We only use organic fertilizer in our gardens. They use chemical fertilizers on their lawn.

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All the waste product that comes out of my operation is composted and then used as fertilizer in my vegetable garden. Hannah Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Turkey prices are lowest in a decade, but not for the kinds Washington farmers raise. Those are soaring.," 22 Nov. 2018 In Iceland, Climeworks is turning its captured carbon dioxide into basalt rock, while in Switzerland the gas is used as a fertilizer in a greenhouse, and in Italy, the company is using the carbon dioxide to make methane fuel for trucks. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere, explained," 24 Oct. 2018 The seeds and skin that remain after the wine is extracted can be used as fertilizer. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "The Winery That Fits in a Closet," 12 Oct. 2018 At the beginning of the last century the region was known for rampant poverty, a place where farmers used human excrement as fertilizer. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 2018 Provide light and infrequent feedings with a blossom booster or low nitrogen type of fertilizer. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Summer heat, rain not kind to geraniums," 30 June 2018 Then in the spring, feed your salvias with a light application of fertilizer with the emergence of growth and continue feeding every six to eight weeks through September. Norman Winter, Houston Chronicle, "Golden Delicious pineapple sage," 25 May 2018 The state’s Department of Agriculture regulates the amount of fertilizer that can be spread on fields, leaving some farmers with excess material. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Howard County digs into a new debate over mulching regulations," 2 May 2018 There are others that are more obscure, like the fertilizer industry. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Columbia Law professor Tim Wu lays it out in his new book The Curse of Bigness.," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of fertilizer

circa 1661, in the meaning defined above

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fertilizer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fertilizer

: a substance (such as manure or a special chemical) that is added to soil to help the growth of plants

fertilizer

noun
fer·​til·​iz·​er | \ˈfər-tə-ˌlī-zər \

Kids Definition of fertilizer

: material added to soil to make it more fertile

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