[fur-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl] /ˈfɜr tl or, esp. British, -taɪl/
bearing, producing, or capable of producing vegetation, crops, etc., abundantly; prolific:
bearing or capable of bearing offspring.
a fertile imagination.
producing an abundance (usually followed by of or in):
a land fertile of wheat.
conducive to productiveness:
Physics. (of a nuclide) capable of being transmuted into a fissile nuclide by irradiation with neutrons:
Uranium 238 and thorium 232 are fertile nuclides.
Compare (def 2).
produced in abundance.
capable of producing offspring
producing many offspring; prolific
highly productive; rich; abundant: a fertile brain
(physics) (of a substance) able to be transformed into fissile or fissionable material, esp in a nuclear reactor
conducive to productiveness: fertile rain
mid-15c., from Middle French fertil and directly from Latin fertilis “bearing in abundance, fruitful, productive,” from ferre “to bear” (see infer). Fertile Crescent (1914) was coined by U.S. archaeologist James H. Breasted (1865-1935).
fertile fer·tile (fûr’tl)
noun 1. an agricultural region extending from the Levant to Iraq. 2. an area in the Middle and Near East: formerly fertile, now partly desert. noun 1. an area of fertile land in the Middle East, extending around the Rivers Tigris and Euphrates in a semicircle from Israel to the Persian Gulf, where the Sumerian, […]
- Fertile period
fertile period n. The period in the menstrual cycle during which conception is most likely to occur, usually 10 to 18 days after the onset of menstruation.
n. chiefly British English spelling of fertilization. For spelling, see -ize.
[fur-tl-ahyz] /ˈfɜr tlˌaɪz/ verb (used with object), fertilized, fertilizing. 1. Biology. 2. to make fertile; enrich: to fertilize farmland. 3. to make productive. /ˈfɜːtɪˌlaɪz/ verb (transitive) 1. to provide (an animal, plant, or egg cell) with sperm or pollen to bring about fertilization 2. to supply (soil or water) with mineral and organic nutrients to […]