A single tree in a fertile field.
- An example of someone who would be described as fertile is a woman who has ten kids.
- An example of something that would be described as fertile is the imagination of a person who is constantly coming up with new ideas.
- producing abundantly; rich in resources or invention; fruitful; prolific
- causing or helping fertility: the sun's fertile warmth
- able to produce young, seeds, fruit, pollen, spores, etc.
- capable of development into a new individual; fertilized: fertile eggs
- designating or of material, as uranium-238 or thorium-232, that can be made fissile by a neutron-induced nuclear reaction
Origin of fertileMiddle English from Old French from Classical Latin fertilis from stem of ferre, bear
- Biology a. Capable of initiating, sustaining, or supporting reproduction.b. Capable of growing and developing; able to mature: a fertile egg.
- Botany Bearing functional reproductive structures such as seeds or fruit or material such as spores or pollen.
- Bearing or producing crops or vegetation abundantly; fruitful.
- Rich in material needed to sustain plant growth: fertile soil.
- Highly or continuously productive; prolific: a fertile imagination; a fertile source of new ideas.
- Physics Capable of producing fissionable material: fertile thorium 232.
Origin of fertileMiddle English fertil from Old French fertile from Latin fertilis from ferre to bear ; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more fertile, superlative most fertile)
From Old French, from Latin fertilis (“fruitful, fertile”), from ferō (“I bear, carry”).