What does sterile mean?

Definitions for sterileˈstɛr ɪl; esp. Brit. -aɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sterile.

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"


  1. sterile(Adjective)

    Unable to reproduce (or procreate).

  2. sterile(Adjective)


  3. sterile(Adjective)

    Germless; free from all living or viable microorganisms.

  4. Origin: 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

  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

  3. Sterile(adj)

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

  4. Sterile(adj)

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

  5. Origin: [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.]


  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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Leslie Walker:

    It's very shiny and clean looking and very sterile.

  2. Jodi Sherman:

    You certainly need to use sterile and disposable goods.

  3. Dent Thompson:

    We like to say it's more sterile than the surface of the moon when we're done with it.

  4. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Perfection seems sterile; it is final, no mystery in it; it's a product of an assembly line.

  5. Misbah Ahdab:

    It's as though the Sunni community is sterile, not able to produce new faces, THEIR VOICES ARE LOUD.

Images & Illustrations of sterile

  1. sterilesterilesterile

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