Fertility is the natural capability to produce offspring. As a measure, fertility rate is the number of offspring born per mating pair, individual or population. Fertility differs from fecundity, which is defined as the potential for reproduction (influenced by gamete production, fertilization and carrying a pregnancy to term). A lack of fertility is infertility while a lack of fecundity would be called sterility.
- (a.) Capable of producing fruit; fruit-bearing; as, fertile flowers.
- (a.) 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.
- (a.) Containing pollen; -- said of anthers.
- (a.) produced in abundance; plenteous; ample.
Word: fer·tile Pronunciation of fertile: 'f&r-t&lFunction of fertile: adjectiveOrigin of fertile:
Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin fertilis,
to carry, bear -- more at BEAR1 a
: producing or bearing fruit in great quantities : PRODUCTIVE b
: characterized by great resourcefulness of thought or imagination : INVENTIVE
mind> c obsolete : PLENTIFUL2 a
(1) : capable of sustaining abundant plant growth <fertile
soil> (2) : affording abundant possibilities for development <a fertile
area for research> b
: capable of growing or developing <fertile
(1) : capable of producing fruit (2) of an anther
: containing pollen (3) : developing spores or spore-bearing organs d
: capable of breeding or reproducing3
: capable of being converted into fissionable material <fertile
/ nounsynonyms FERTILE
mean producing or capable of producing offspring or fruit. FERTILE
implies the power to reproduce in kind or to assist in reproduction and growth <fertile
soil>; applied figuratively, it suggests readiness of invention and development <a fertile
emphasizes abundance or rapidity in bearing fruit or offspring <a fecund
adds to FERTILE
the implication of desirable or useful results <fruitful
stresses rapidity of spreading or multiplying by or as if by natural reproduction <a prolific
Synonyms of fertileFat
Antonyms of fertileInfertile
fertile a. 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.
fertile a. Capable of producing fruit; fruit-bearing; as, fertile flowers.
fertile a. Containing pollen; -- said of anthers.
fertile a. produced in abundance; plenteous; ample.
fertile adj. fertile, fruitful, productive; full, rich
fertile adj. fertile, fruitful, mellow, pregnant
fertile adj. bearing offspring, fruitful; abundant, plentiful; inseminated; inseminating
adj. fertile, bearing offspring, fruitful, reproductive, procreant
adj. fertile, fruitful, productive; full, rich