Sterile meaning

stĕrəl, -īl
Incapable of producing others of its kind; barren.
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Producing little or no vegetation; unfruitful.

Sterile land.

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Producing little or no vegetation; unfruitful.

Sterile land.

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Not able to produce offspring, seeds, or fruit; unable to reproduce.
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Free from disease-causing microorganisms.
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The definition of sterile is something totally clean and free from bacteria, a living thing that is not able to reproduce sexually and create offspring, or something that is lacking in interest or vitality.

A hospital room that has been prepped for surgery is an example of a room that is sterile.

A man who has had a vasectomy is an example of someone who is sterile.

Home landscaping that is boring is an example of sterile landscaping.

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Lacking imagination, creativity, or vitality.
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(not comparable) Unable to reproduce (procreate).
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Germless; free from all living or viable microorganisms.

A sterile kitchen table.

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Lacking in interest or vitality; not stimulating or effective.

A sterile style.

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Free from living microorganisms; esp., aseptic.
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Free from live bacteria or other microorganisms.

A sterile operating area; sterile instruments.

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Lacking the power to function; not productive or effective; fruitless.

A sterile discussion.

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Producing little or nothing; unfruitful.

Sterile soil, a sterile policy.

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Free from live bacteria or other microorganisms.

A sterile operating area; sterile instruments.

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Origin of sterile

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin sterilis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French stérile, from Latin sterilis (“barren, futile"). See also Ancient Greek στεῖρα (steira).

    From Wiktionary