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. Omar Khayyám:

    You know, my friends, with what a brave carouse I made a Second Marriage in my house; favored old barren reason from my bed, and took the daughter of the vine to spouse.

  2. Terry Kerby:

    If we misguessed, we could have spent the entire dive looking at barren bottom, we guessed right, and the very first thing that came out of the dark was that giant hangar door. And then the conning tower was totally intact, laying on its side with three periscopes sticking out without a dent in them.

  3. George Eliot:

    Comprehensive talkers are apt to be tiresome when we are not athirst for information; but, to be quite fair, we must admit that superior reticence is a good deal due to lack of matter. Speech is often barren, but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest. Your still fowl, blinking at you without remark, may all the while be sitting on one addled nest-egg; and, when it takes to cackling, will have nothing to announce but that addled delusion.

  4. Calvin Coolidge:

    No other theory is adequate to explain or comprehend the Declaration of Independence. It is the product of the spiritual insight of the people. We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren sceptre in our grasp. If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like-minded as the fathers who created it. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence which they had for the things that are holy. We must follow the spiritual and moral leadership which they showed. We must keep replenished, that they may glow with a more compelling flame, the altar fires before which they worshiped.

  5. 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.

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