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Definition of STERILE

2 definitions found:

Sterile \Ster"ile\, a. [F. st['e]rile, L. sterilis, akin to Gr. stereo`s stiff, solid, stei^ros barren, stei^ra a cow that has not calved, Goth. stair[=o], fem., barren. See {Stare} to gaze.]
     1. Producing little or no crop; barren; unfruitful; unproductive; not fertile; as, sterile land; a sterile desert; a sterile year. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Biol.)
        (a) Incapable of reproduction; unfitted for reproduction of offspring; not able to germinate or bear fruit; unfruitful; as, a sterile flower, which bears only stamens. (b) Free from reproductive spores or germs; as, a sterile fluid. [1913 Webster]

     3. Fig.: Barren of ideas; destitute of sentiment; as, a sterile production or author. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

137 Moby Thesaurus words for "sterile": abortive, acarpous, antiseptic, arid, aseptic, bare, barren, blah, blank, bloodless, boiled, bootless, celibate, characterless, childless, cold, colorless, counterproductive, dead, decontaminated, desert, desolate, disinfected, dismal, draggy, drained, drearisome, dreary, dried-up, dry, dryasdust, dull, dusty, effete, elephantine, empty, etiolated, exhausted, fade, fallow, fatuitous, fatuous, feckless, flat, fruitless, futile, gainless, gaunt, gelded, heavy, ho-hum, hollow, hygienic, impotent, inadequate, inane, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, inexcitable, infecund, infertile, inoperative, insipid, invalid, issueless, jejune, leached, leaden, lifeless, low-spirited, menopausal, noncreative, nonfertile, nonproducing, nonproductive, nonprolific, nonremunerative, nugacious, nugatory, of no force, otiose, pale, pallid, pasteurized, pedestrian, plodding, pointless, poky, ponderous, profitless, prophylactic, pure, rewardless, sanitary, sine prole, slow, solemn, spiritless, stale, sterilized, stiff, stodgy, stuffy, sucked dry, superficial, tasteless, tedious, teemless, unavailing, uncontaminated, uncreative, uncultivated, unfertile, unfruitful, uninfected, uninspired, uninventive, unlively, unplowed, unpolluted, unproductive, unprofitable, unprolific, unremunerative, unrewarding, unsown, untilled, useless, vain, vapid, virgin, waste, wasted, without issue, wooden, worn-out

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