not producing or incapable of producing offspring; sterile:
a barren woman.
without capacity to interest or attract:
a barren period in American architecture.
mentally unproductive; dull; stupid.
not producing results; fruitless:
a barren effort.
destitute; bereft; lacking (usually followed by of):
barren of tender feelings.
Usually, barrens. level or slightly rolling land, usually with a sandy soil and few trees, and relatively infertile.
What was it that produced this barrenness, this intellectual degradation in Constantinople?
The Hand of Providence J. H. Ward
Directly ahead was a land of desolation, radiant in its barrenness.
Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
To the uninitiated a clod of dry earth is the most unpromising of objects—it is cousin to the stone, and the type of barrenness.
Chapters in Rural Progress Kenyon L. Butterfield
We are struck with the aspect of barrenness caused by the absence of vegetation.
Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
Savage wildness and barrenness reign in its lofty mountain chains as much as softer beauty does in the “huertas” and “vegas.”
Spain Wentworth Webster
Then upon the earth did there come dearth and drought and barrenness.
A Book of Myths Jean Lang
The past may well look with pity at the poverty of our civilisation; the future will laugh at the barrenness of our art.
The Book of Tea Kakuzo Okakura
Whatever may be our experience of failure and barrenness, He is never defeated.
The Calvary Road Roy Hession
Every day the atmosphere of a house becomes unbearable, so every day I go out to the sand and barrenness.
The Story of Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
My love of good is damned to barrenness; it may, and let it be!
Stories By English Authors: Germany Various
incapable of producing offspring, seed, or fruit; sterile: a barren tree
unable to support the growth of crops, etc; unproductive; bare: barren land
lacking in stimulation or ideas; dull: a rather barren play
not producing worthwhile results; unprofitable: a barren period in a writer’s life
(foll by of) totally lacking (in); devoid (of): his speech was barren of wit
(of rock strata) having no fossils
late 14c., literal; mid-14c., figurative (of spiritual emptiness), from barren + -ness.
c.1200, from Old French baraigne, baraing “sterile, barren” (12c.), perhaps originally brahain, of obscure derivation, perhaps from a Germanic language. In England, originally used of women, of land in France. Of land in English from late 14c. As a noun, mid-13c., “a barren woman;” later of land.
BARRENS. Elevated lands, or plains upon which grow small trees, but never timber. [Bartlett, “Dictionary of Americanisms,” 1848]
barren bar·ren (bār’ən)
Not producing offspring.
Incapable of producing offspring.
For a woman to be barren was accounted a severe punishment among the Jews (Gen. 16:2; 30:1-23; 1 Sam. 1:6, 27; Isa. 47:9; 49:21; Luke 1:25). Instances of barrenness are noticed (Gen. 11:30; 25:21; 29:31; Judg. 13:2, 3; Luke 1:7, 36).
not producing or incapable of producing offspring; sterile: a barren woman. unproductive; unfruitful: barren land. without capacity to interest or attract: a barren period in American architecture. mentally unproductive; dull; stupid. not producing results; fruitless: a barren effort. destitute; bereft; lacking (usually followed by of): barren of tender feelings. Usually, barrens. level or slightly rolling […]
noun a herbaceous European berberidaceous plant, Epimedium alpinum, having red-and-yellow star-shaped flowers Historical Examples There is no more exquisite plant in our coast woods than the American barrenwort. The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits Mary Elizabeth Parsons
the wall, usually a red wooden fence, bordering a bullring. the first row of seats in a bullfight arena. Historical Examples The barrera is the enclosure of stout planks, strengthened by posts, which separates the performers from the spectators. The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain; Nathaniel Armstrong Wells Bulls frequently leap the barrera of the arena, […]
Maurice [moh-rees] /moʊˈris/ (Show IPA), 1862–1923, French novelist, writer on politics, and politician. a handrail placed at hip height, used by a dancer to maintain balance during practice. Textiles. a pattern of stripes or bands of color extending across the warp in woven and knitted fabrics. Textiles. a streak in the filling direction when one […]