What does barren mean?

Definitions for barren
ˈbær ənbar·ren

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barren, waste, wastelandadjective

    an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

    "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"

  2. bare, barren, bleak, desolate, starkadjective

    providing no shelter or sustenance

    "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape"

  3. barrenadjective

    not bearing offspring

    "a barren woman"; "learned early in his marriage that he was sterile"

  4. barren, destitute, devoid, free, innocentadjective

    completely wanting or lacking

    "writing barren of insight"; "young recruits destitute of experience"; "innocent of literary merit"; "the sentence was devoid of meaning"

Wiktionary

  1. barrennoun

    An area of low fertility and habitation, a desolate place.

    The pine barrens are a site lonely enough to suit any hermit.

  2. barrenadjective

    unable to bear children; sterile

    I silently wept as my daughter's husband rejected her. What would she do now that she was no longer a maiden but also barren?

  3. barrenadjective

    of poor fertility, infertile

  4. barrenadjective

    bleak

  5. barrenadjective

    not productive

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barrenadjective

    incapable of producing offspring; producing no young; sterile; -- said of women and female animals

  2. Barrenadjective

    not producing vegetation, or useful vegetation; /rile

  3. Barrenadjective

    unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty

  4. Barrenadjective

    mentally dull; stupid

  5. Barrennoun

    a tract of barren land

  6. Barrennoun

    elevated lands or plains on which grow small trees, but not timber; as, pine barrens; oak barrens. They are not necessarily sterile, and are often fertile

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Barren

    bar′en, adj. incapable of bearing offspring: unfruitful: dull, stupid: unprofitable (with of).—adj. Bar′ren-beat′en.—adv. Bar′renly.—n. Bar′renness.—adjs. Bar′ren-spir′ited; Bar′ren-wit′ted. [O. Fr. barain, brahain, brehaing, perh. from bar, man, as if 'male-like, not producing offspring.']

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of barren in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of barren in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of barren in a Sentence

  1. Paul Brooks, The Pursuit of Wilderness (1971):

    We shall never understand the natural environment until we see it as a living organism. Land can be healthy or sick, fertile or barren, rich or poor, lovingly nurtured or bled white. Our present attitudes and laws governing the ownership and use of land represent an abuse of the concept of private property.... Today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see and nobody calls the cops.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    If the nature of the person does not match with the character of the place, it seems that s/he is deported by destiny from the natural green beauty land looking like heaven to live in a barren or artificial vegetation region.

  3. Alien Life -RSB- Raymond:

    If you've been there or seen pictures, you know how barren that landscape is, in terms of fundamental nutrient availability of carbon and nitrogen, these things are tough to get your hands on when you're in a biological soil crust.

  4. William Shakespeare, "The Tempest", Act 1 scene 1:

    Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground.

  5. Louis Pasteur:

    Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.

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