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Definitions of barren

  1. providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. incapable of sustaining life; "the dead and barren Moon" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. not bearing offspring; "a barren woman"; "learned early in his marriage that he was sterile" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. not fertile or productive; "a barren tree"; "soil too infertile to sustain real pasture" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. without offspring; "in some societies a barren woman is rejected by her tribesmen" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Mentally dull; stupid. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A tract of barren land. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Elevated lands or plains on which grow small trees, but not timber; as, pine barrens; oak barrens. They are not necessarily sterile, and are often fertile. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Incapable of producing offspring; producing no young; sterile; - said of women and female animals. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Not producing vegetation, or useful vegetation; rile. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Unfruitful; sterile; profitless. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. An unproductive tract of land. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Barrenness. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. Noting a woman who has borne no children by reason of sterility in herself. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  17. Sterile; not capable of bearing offspring. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  18. Incapable of bearing offspring: unfruitful: dull, stupid. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. A tract of poor land. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. Unfruitful; sterile. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. Sterile; unproductive; dull. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. Barrenly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Not producing young, or fruit, or ideas; unproductive; unfruitful; uninventive. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. Any unproductive tract of land; in the Western States of America, land, not unproductive, but partly prairie and partly covered with stunted trees. Barren flowers, either those which have stamens, but no pistils, or which have neither stamens nor pistils. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. Not producing young; not fertile; dull; in bot., without pistils. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. For a woman to be barren was accounted a severe punishment among the Jews ( Genesis 16:2 ; 30:1-23 ; 1 Samuel 1:6 1 Samuel 1:27 ; Isaiah 47:9 ; 49:21 ; Luke 1:25 ). Instances of barrenness are noticed ( Genesis 11:30 ; 25:21 ; 29:31 ; Judges 13:2 Judges 13:3 ; Luke 1:7 Luke 1:36 ). biblestudytools.com
  27. Incapable of producing offspring; producing no young; sterile; -- said of women and female animals. mso.anu.edu.au
  28. Incapable of producing offspring; producing no young; sterile; said of women and female animals. dictgcide_fs
  29. Not producing vegetation, or useful vegetation; sterile. dictgcide_fs
  30. bar'en, adj. incapable of bearing offspring: unfruitful: dull, stupid: unprofitable (with of).--adj. BAR'REN-BEAT'EN.--adv. BAR'RENLY.--n. BAR'RENNESS.--adjs. BAR'REN-SPIR'ITED; BAR'REN-WIT'TED. [O. Fr. barain, brahain, brehaing, perh. from bar, man, as if 'male-like, not producing offspring.'] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  31. Not bearing, or incapable of bearing, children, young, fruit, vegetation, or produce; meagre, unprofitable, dull; (noun) barren tract of land; barrenwort, purple-&-yellow-flowered wood plant. Hence barrenly adv., barrenness n. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  32. Sterile; incapable of having offspring. American pocket medical dictionary.
  33. Said of a woman bearing no children; without issue; of male animals, sterile. Of trees or plants, without fruit or seed. [Old Fr.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  34. Not prolifick; unfruitful, not fertile, sterile; not copious, scanty; unmeaning, uninventive, dull. Complete Dictionary

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