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Definitions of barren

  1. A tract of barren land. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. 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
  3. An unproductive tract of land. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Barrenness. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5. A tract of poor land. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. 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.
  7. incapable of sustaining life; "the dead and barren Moon" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. not bearing offspring; "a barren woman"; "learned early in his marriage that he was sterile" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. not fertile or productive; "a barren tree"; "soil too infertile to sustain real pasture" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. without offspring; "in some societies a barren woman is rejected by her tribesmen" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. Mentally dull; stupid. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Incapable of producing offspring; producing no young; sterile; - said of women and female animals. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Not producing vegetation, or useful vegetation; rile. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Unfruitful; sterile; profitless. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Incapable of bearing offspring: unfruitful: dull, stupid. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Unfruitful; sterile. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. Sterile; unproductive; dull. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Not producing young, or fruit, or ideas; unproductive; unfruitful; uninventive. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. 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.

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Usage examples for barren

  1. We lay back on our comfortable cushions and watched the clouds as they swept over the mountains, hiding all but occasional glimpses of snow- streaked slopes and steep and barren ridges. – A Holiday in the Happy Valley with Pen and Pencil by T. R. Swinburne
  2. The storm without was not half so violent as the storm within, and the blinding flakes which swept from the bitter sky raged upon a no more barren frozen, desolate soil than her own selfish heart. – The Spiritualists and the Detectives by Allan Pinkerton
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