[fur-tl-ahyz] /ˈfɜr tlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), fertilized, fertilizing.
to make fertile; enrich:
to fertilize farmland.
to make productive.
to provide (an animal, plant, or egg cell) with sperm or pollen to bring about fertilization
to supply (soil or water) with mineral and organic nutrients to aid the growth of plants
to make fertile or productive
1640s, “make fertile;” see fertile + -ize. Its biological sense of “unite with an egg cell” is first recorded 1859. Related: Fertilized; fertilizing.
[fer-til-i-tee] /fərˈtɪl ɪ ti/ noun 1. the state or quality of being . 2. Biology. the ability to produce offspring; power of reproduction: the amazing fertility of rabbits. 3. the birthrate of a population. 4. (of soil) the capacity to supply nutrients in proper amounts for plant growth when other factors are favorable. /fɜːˈtɪlɪtɪ/ noun […]
noun 1. a religious cult devoted to the enhancement of the fertility of persons, plants, or animals, by means of rituals often associated with a particular deity. 2. the body of members of such a cult. noun 1. the practice in some settled agricultural communities of performing religious or magical rites to ensure good weather […]
noun, Pharmacology. 1. a substance that enhances the ability to produce young. noun 1. any of a group of preparations used to stimulate ovulation in women hitherto infertile
- Fertility symbol
noun 1. an object, esp a phallic symbol, used in fertility-cult ceremonies to symbolize regeneration