free from living germs or microorganisms; aseptic:
sterile surgical instruments.
incapable of producing offspring; not producing offspring.
barren; not producing vegetation:
noting a plant in which reproductive structures fail to develop.
bearing no stamens or pistils.
not productive of results, ideas, etc.; fruitless.
unable to produce offspring; infertile
free from living, esp pathogenic, microorganisms; aseptic
(of plants or their parts) not producing or bearing seeds, fruit, spores, stamens, or pistils
lacking inspiration or vitality; fruitless
(economics, US) (of gold) not being used to support credit creation or an increased money supply
early 15c., “barren” (implied in sterility), from Middle French stérile “not producing fruit,” from Latin sterilis “barren, unproductive,” from PIE *ster- “sterile, barren” originally “stiff, rigid” (cf. Greek steresthai “be deprived of,” steira “sterile,” stereos “firm, solid, stiff, hard;” Sanskrit starih “a barren cow;” Old Church Slavonic sterica “a barren cow;” Gothic stairo “barren;” Old Norse stirtla “a barren cow”). See torpor. Originally in English with reference to soil; of females, from 1530s. The sense of “sterilized” is first recorded 1877.
sterile ster·ile (stěr’əl, -īl’)
Not producing or incapable of producing offspring.
Free from all live bacteria or other microorganisms and their spores.
ster’ile·ness or ste·ril’i·ty (stə-rĭl’ĭ-tē) n.
Not able to produce offspring, seeds, or fruit; unable to reproduce.
Free from disease-causing microorganisms.
sterility noun (stə-rĭl’ĭ-tē)
Physiology, Medicine/Medical. something that temporarily quickens some vital process or the functional activity of some organ or part: Adrenalin is a stimulant for the heart. Compare (def 4). any food or beverage that , especially coffee, tea, or, in its initial effect, alcoholic liquor. a stimulus or incentive. Physiology, Medicine/Medical. temporarily quickening some vital process […]
a narrative of short-story length that makes no effort to follow a plot and ignores structural conventions, character motivations, and the like.
importance attached to a thing: to lay stress upon good manners. Synonyms: significance, meaning, emphasis, consequence; weight, value, worth. Phonetics. emphasis in the form of prominent relative loudness of a syllable or a word as a result of special effort in utterance. Prosody. accent or emphasis on syllables in a metrical pattern; beat. emphasis in […]
the part of an ancient Greek choral ode answering a previous strophe, sung by the chorus when returning from left to right. the movement performed by the chorus while singing an antistrophe. Prosody. the second of two metrically corresponding systems in a poem. Compare (def 3). noun (in ancient Greek drama) the second of two […]