What does barren mean?

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ˈbær ənbar·ren

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barren, waste, wasteland(adj)

    an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

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

  2. bare, barren, bleak, desolate, stark(adj)

    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. barren(adj)

    not bearing offspring

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

  4. barren, destitute, devoid, free, innocent(adj)

    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. barren(Noun)

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

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

  2. barren(Adjective)

    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. barren(Adjective)

    of poor fertility, infertile

  4. barren(Adjective)

    bleak

  5. barren(Adjective)

    not productive

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barren(adj)

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

  2. Barren(adj)

    not producing vegetation, or useful vegetation; /rile

  3. Barren(adj)

    unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty

  4. Barren(adj)

    mentally dull; stupid

  5. Barren(noun)

    a tract of barren land

  6. Barren(noun)

    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. William Wordsworth:

    Enough of science and art, Close up these barren leaves; Come forth, and bring with you a heart Thst watches and receives.

  2. from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (Translation by Edward Fitzgerald):

    You know, my Friends, with what a brave CarouseI made a Second Marriage in my house; Divorced old barren Reason from my Bed,And took the Daughter of the Vine to Spouse.For "Is" and "Is-not" though with Rule and LineAnd "Up-and-down" by Logic I define, Of all that one should care to fathom, IWas never deep in anything but - Wine.

  3. Colette:

    Can it be that chance has made me one of those women so immersed in one man that, whether they are barren or not, they carry with them to the grave the shriveled innocence of an old maid?

  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. Henry George:

    If I have worked harder and built myself a good house while you have been content to live in a hovel, the tax gatherer now comes annually to make me pay a penalty for my energy and industry by taxing me more than you. If I have saved while you wasted, I am [taxed] while you are exempt. If a man built a ship, we make him pay for his temerity as though he had done injury to the state; if a railroad be opened, down comes the tax collector upon it as though were a public nuisance.... We punish with a tax the man who covers barren fields with ripening grain; we fine him who puts up machinery and him who drains a swamp. To abolish these taxes would be to lift the whole enormous weight of taxation from productive industry.... The state would say to the producer, 'Be as industrious, as thrifty, as enterprising as you choose. You shall have your full reward!

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