fertilizer

noun
fer·​til·​iz·​er | \ ˈfər-tə-ˌlī-zər How to pronounce fertilizer (audio) \

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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Spraying fields with pesticides and fertilizers, the drones -- which can cover up to 60 acres a day -- could boost crop yields, save time and make backbreaking field work much easier, according to Bug Away. Sarah Lazarus And Dan Tham, CNN, "Will drones transform farmers' lives in Thailand?," 3 July 2019 These livestock convert grasses and agricultural waste into fuel, fertilizer, and high-quality nutrients for populations vulnerable to hunger. Amanda Little, The New Republic, "The Meat Mogul’s Case For Lab-Grown Beef," 1 July 2019 Year after year, America is now generally using less total steel, copper, gold, fertilizer, water, cropland, timber, paper, and other physical building blocks of an economy. Andrew Mcafee, WIRED, "How the iPhone Helped Save the Planet," 29 June 2019 Instead, improve the soil itself by adding compost, organic fertilizer, or wood ashes, which are filled with micronutrients that daffodils love, on top of the bed after planting. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "How to Plant Daffodils," 28 June 2019 The bigger picture is even more exciting: Robotics can be applied to fungicides, insecticides, and even fertilizers, reducing agrochemicals in large-scale farming by 90-plus percent. Sean Illing, Vox, "The climate crisis and the end of the golden era of food choice," 24 June 2019 Garrett Juice is an excellent liquid fertilizer, effective root stimulator, one of the best bud and flower producers, and a basic soil life stimulator. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "How to make this do-it-yourself organic fertilizer and pest control spray," 18 June 2019 Join him for a workshop, learning how food waste can be transformed into fuel and fertilizer, and then back into food. National Geographic, "Engineering and Robotics High School Workshop on the MIT Campus," 12 June 2019 It’s used for fertilizer, livestock food, bait and also medicine. USA TODAY, "Black Union regiment flag, Notorious BIG, Pikachu the mini pony: News from around our 50 states," 12 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce fertilizer (audio) \

Kids Definition of fertilizer

: material added to soil to make it more fertile

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