Fertile Fer"tile (? or ?; 277), a. [L. fertilis, fr. ferre to bear, produce: cf. F. fertile. See {Bear} to support.] 1. Producing fruit or vegetation in abundance; fruitful; able to produce abundantly; prolific; fecund; productive; rich; inventive; as, fertile land or fields; a fertile mind or imagination. [1913 Webster]

Though he in a fertile climate dwell. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) (a) Capable of producing fruit; fruit-bearing; as, fertile flowers. (b) Containing pollen; -- said of anthers. [1913 Webster]

3. produced in abundance; plenteous; ample. [1913 Webster]

Henceforth, my early care . . . Shall tend thee, and the fertile burden ease Of thy full branches. --Milton.

Syn: {Fertile}, {Fruitful}.

Usage: Fertile implies the inherent power of production; fruitful, the act. The prairies of the West are fertile by nature, and are turned by cultivation into fruitful fields. The same distinction prevails when these words are used figuratively. A man of fertile genius has by nature great readiness of invention; one whose mind is fruitful has resources of thought and a readiness of application which enable him to think and act effectively. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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