What does fertile mean?

Definitions for fertile
ˈfɜr tl; esp. Brit. -taɪlfer·tile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fertileadjective

    capable of reproducing

  2. fecund, fertile, prolificadjective

    intellectually productive

    "a prolific writer"; "a fecund imagination"

  3. prolific, fertileadjective

    bearing in abundance especially offspring

    "flying foxes are extremely prolific"; "a prolific pear tree"

  4. fat, fertile, productive, richadjective

    marked by great fruitfulness

    "fertile farmland"; "a fat land"; "a productive vineyard"; "rich soil"


  1. fertileadjective

    capable of growing abundant crops; productive

  2. fertileadjective

    capable of reproducing; fecund, fruitful

  3. fertileadjective

    capable of developing past the egg stage

  4. fertileadjective

    productive or prolific

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FERTILEadjective

    Etymology: fertile, French; fertilis, Latin.

    I had hope of France,
    As firmly as I hope for fertile England. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    I have had a large, a fair, and a pleasant field; so fertile, that it has given me two harvests in a Summer. Dryden.

    I ask whether in the uncultivated waste of America, left to nature, without any improvement, a thousand acres yield the needy inhabitants as many conveniencies of life as ten acres of equally fertile land do in Devonshire? John Locke.

    View the wide earth adorn’d with hills and woods,
    Rich in her herds, and fertile by her floods. Richard Blackmore, Creat.

    The earth is fertile of all kind of grain. William Camden, Remains.

    This happy country is extremely fertile, as of those above, so likewise of its productions under ground. John Woodward.


  1. fertile

    Fertility is the capability to produce offspring through reproduction following the onset of sexual maturity. The fertility rate is the average number of children born by a female during her lifetime and is quantified demographically. Fertility is addressed when there is a difficulty or an inability to reproduce naturally, which is referred to as infertility. Infertility is widespread, with fertility specialists available all over the world to assist mothers and couples who experience difficulties having a baby. Human fertility depends on factors of nutrition, sexual behaviour, consanguinity, culture, instinct, endocrinology, timing, economics, personality, way of life, and emotions. Fertility differs from fecundity, which is defined as the potential for reproduction (influenced by gamete production, fertilization and carrying a pregnancy to term). Where a woman or the lack of fertility is infertility while a lack of fecundity would be called sterility.


  1. fertile

    Fertile refers to the ability to produce abundant vegetation or crops, or the ability to conceive offspring or young. It describes the capacity for abundant growth, development, or reproduction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fertileadjective

    producing fruit or vegetation in abundance; fruitful; able to produce abundantly; prolific; fecund; productive; rich; inventive; as, fertile land or fields; a fertile mind or imagination

  2. Fertileadjective

    capable of producing fruit; fruit-bearing; as, fertile flowers

  3. Fertileadjective

    containing pollen; -- said of anthers

  4. Fertileadjective

    produced in abundance; plenteous; ample


  1. Fertile

    Fertile is a city in Polk County, Minnesota, United States. It is part of the "Grand Forks-ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area". The population was 842 at the 2010 census. The annual Polk County Fair is held in Fertile and dates back to 1900. The Polk County Fair is also the main attraction for the town of Fertile during the summer. It holds many competitions for crops, animals, and man made items.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fertile

    fėr′til, adj. able to bear or produce abundantly: rich in resources: inventive: fertilising.—adv. Fer′tilely.—n. Fertilisā′tion, the act or process of fertilising.—v.t. Fer′tilise, to make fertile or fruitful: to enrich.—ns. Fer′tiliser, one who, or that which, fertilises; Fertil′ity, fruitfulness: richness: abundance. [Fr.,—L. fertilisferre, to bear.]

Editors Contribution

  1. fertile

    Able to produce.

    The period of time in the womans body for fertile production is similar in all women.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 5, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fertile in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fertile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of fertile in a Sentence

  1. Kipp Davis:

    It was the fertile soil that made the sale of forged Dead Sea Scroll fragments not just easy but extremely profitable, my hope is that this is something that prompts these institutions to approach these questions with a more critical eye.

  2. Katia Bishops:

    Subliminal messages delivered by toys, clothes and accessories about gender-appropriate roles and behaviors, proper weight and all matters appearance are internalized, as are the less subtle ones delivered verbally and in writing, when they reach puberty, girls are self-conscious and more prone to self-criticism, so these message seeds finally find a fertile ground to grow in.

  3. Nur Jazlan:

    I think the Paris situation can also be transplanted here, in Southeast Asia, where we also have fertile ground for recruitment of such operatives who will receive directives from Syria to carry out attacks, such attacks, they hope, will glamorize terrorism and therefore attract more people to join their cause.

  4. Michael Li:

    State courts have proven to be surprisingly fertile territory for this, courts in both Republican states and Democratic states have been willing to strike down maps from the party in charge.

  5. Bernardino Leon:

    In Libya, Islamic State has found fertile ground in the growing post revolution political instability, capitalizing also on the weakness of state institutions and state security sector.

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