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ˈstɛr ɪl; esp. Brit. -aɪlster·ile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sterile, unfertile, infertileadjective

    incapable of reproducing

    "an infertile couple"

  2. aseptic, sterileadjective

    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, uninventiveadjective

    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. sterileadjective

    Unable to reproduce (or procreate).

    Etymology: From sterilis. See also στεῖρα.

  2. sterileadjective

    Unprofitable.

    Etymology: From sterilis. See also στεῖρα.

  3. sterileadjective

    Germless; free from all living or viable microorganisms.

    Etymology: From sterilis. See also στεῖρα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sterileadjective

    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. Sterileadjective

    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. Sterileadjective

    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. Sterileadjective

    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.]

Entomology

  1. Sterile

    not capable of reproducing its kind.

Anagrams for sterile »

  1. leister, retiles

  2. Leister

  3. Retiles

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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. Ben Carson:

    There's no question as I haven't spent a lot of time schmoozing and asking for big money and going to cocktail parties, but I've spent many a night in the operating room -- cold, sterile place with a little child's life on the line working very hard to preserve that, you know, it's a very different kind of experience.

  2. Leslie Walker:

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

  3. Samuel Rodriques:

    Normally, nanotechnology uses very expensive technology and requires sterile rooms... but we didn't have to do that because of this scaffold that we used which protects the materials.

  4. 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.

  5. Dejan Stojanovic:

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

Images & Illustrations of sterile

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