What does barren mean?

barren meaning in General Dictionary

A tract of barren land

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  • Incapable of creating offspring making no youthful sterile stated of females and female pets
  • perhaps not bearing offspring
  • offering no refuge or sustenance
  • an uninhabited backwoods this is certainly useless for cultivation
  • totally wanting or lacking
  • not capable of creating offspring; creating no younger; sterile; -- stated of females and feminine creatures.
  • Not making vegetation, or of use plant life; /rile.
  • Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty.
  • psychologically dull; stupid.
  • A tract of barren land.
  • increased lands or plains upon which grow little trees, yet not wood; since, pine barrens; pine barrens. They're not necessarily sterile, and are often fertile.

barren meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, from Old French baraigne, baraing "sterile, barren" (12c.), possibly originally brahain, of obscure derivation, maybe from a Germanic language. In The united kingdomt, initially used of women, of land in France. Of land in English from late 14c. As a noun, mid-13c., "a barren woman;" later of land. BARRENS. Elevated lands, or plains where grow tiny trees, but never timber. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]


barren meaning in Veterinary Dictionary

identifies an animal not able to reproduce.


barren - German to English

pubs

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  • bar [metal]
  • ingot
  • synchronous bars [treated as pl.: apparatus; treated as sg.: event]
  • ingots

barren meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) incompetent at making offspring; creating no younger; sterile; -- said of women and feminine creatures.

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  • (a.) Perhaps not producing vegetation, or of good use plant life; /rile.
  • (a.) Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty.
  • (a.) Mentally dull; stupid.
  • (letter.) A tract of barren land.
  • (n.) Elevated places or flatlands by which grow small trees, not wood; as, pine barrens; pine barrens. They're not necessarily sterile, and frequently fertile.

Sentence Examples with the word barren

It is to be noted that the Gulf of Guayaquil separates the humid, forestcovered coastal plain of Ecuador from the arid, barren coast of Peru, the two regions being widely dissimilar.

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