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ˈstɛr ɪl; esp. Brit. -aɪlster·ile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sterile, unfertile, infertile(adj)

    incapable of reproducing

    "an infertile couple"

  2. aseptic, sterile(adj)

    free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms

    "a sterile operating area"; "aseptic surgical instruments"; "aseptic surgical techniques"

  3. sterile, unimaginative, uninspired, uninventive(adj)

    deficient in originality or creativity; lacking powers of invention

    "a sterile ideology lacking in originality"; "unimaginative development of a musical theme"; "uninspired writing"

Wiktionary

  1. sterile(Adjective)

    Unable to reproduce (or procreate).

    Etymology: From sterilis. See also στεῖρα.

  2. sterile(Adjective)

    Unprofitable.

    Etymology: From sterilis. See also στεῖρα.

  3. sterile(Adjective)

    Germless; free from all living or viable microorganisms.

    Etymology: From sterilis. See also στεῖρα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sterile(adj)

    producing little or no crop; barren; unfruitful; unproductive; not fertile; as, sterile land; a sterile desert; a sterile year

    Etymology: [F. strile, L. sterilis, akin to Gr. stereo`s stiff, solid, stei^ros barren, stei^ra a cow that has not calved, Goth. stair, fem., barren. See Stare to gaze.]

  2. Sterile(adj)

    incapable of reproduction; unfitted for reproduction of offspring; not able to germinate or bear fruit; unfruitful; as, a sterile flower, which bears only stamens

    Etymology: [F. strile, L. sterilis, akin to Gr. stereo`s stiff, solid, stei^ros barren, stei^ra a cow that has not calved, Goth. stair, fem., barren. See Stare to gaze.]

  3. Sterile(adj)

    free from reproductive spores or germs; as, a sterile fluid

    Etymology: [F. strile, L. sterilis, akin to Gr. stereo`s stiff, solid, stei^ros barren, stei^ra a cow that has not calved, Goth. stair, fem., barren. See Stare to gaze.]

  4. Sterile(adj)

    fig.: Barren of ideas; destitute of sentiment; as, a sterile production or author

    Etymology: [F. strile, L. sterilis, akin to Gr. stereo`s stiff, solid, stei^ros barren, stei^ra a cow that has not calved, Goth. stair, fem., barren. See Stare to gaze.]

Freebase

  1. Sterile

    Devoid of living organisms.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sterile

    ster′il, adj. unfruitful: barren: (bot.) producing no pistil, or no spores: destitute of ideas or sentiment.—n. Sterilisā′tion, act of sterilising.—v.t. Ster′ilise, to cause to be fruitless: to destroy bacteria or other micro-organisms in.—ns. Ster′iliser, anything which sterilises; Steril′ity, quality of being sterile: unfruitfulness, barrenness, in regard to reproduction. [O. Fr.,—L. sterilis, barren.]

Anagrams for sterile »

  1. leister, retiles

  2. Leister

  3. Retiles

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How to say sterile in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sterile in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sterile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of sterile in a Sentence

  1. Joe Ramirez:

    Safety and sanitation is our primary job, there are a lot of things that can happen with wine because it’s an organic product -- microbiological things. The environment needs to be sterile. That’s why stainless steel is important.

  2. Myron Tribus:

    Knowledge without know-how is sterile. We use the word 'academic' in a pejorative sense to identify this limitation.

  3. Siggi Olafsson:

    Manufacturing a sterile product requires a totally different investment.

  4. Szilard Kiss:

    Iluvien-implant is a cylindrical metallic thing that inside it has the steroid that is slowly released, we numb the patient around the eye, we make sure everything is sterile, and then we actually stick a needle in the eye. And the idea of sticking a needle in the eye sounds very scary but the results sort of bring patients back because it works.

  5. Jodi Sherman:

    Virtually everything is disposable, from linens to unused drugs that were opened and never administered. Probably every physician would agree they see enormous amounts of waste and disposables, and they just don’t know what to do about it, you certainly need to use sterile and disposable goods.

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