barrenness


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bar·ren

 (băr′ən)
adj.
1.
a. Not producing or incapable of producing offspring. Used of female animals.
b. Often Offensive Not producing or incapable of producing offspring. Used of women.
2. Not producing or incapable of producing fruit: barren trees.
3. Lacking vegetation, especially useful vegetation: barren tundra.
4. Unproductive of results or gains; unprofitable: "That icy winter silence—how it froze you from your bride, / Tho' I made one barren effort to break it at the last!" (Alfred Lord Tennyson). See Synonyms at futile.
5. Devoid of something specified: writing barren of insight.
6. Lacking in liveliness or interest: a barren routine.
n.
often barrens A tract of unproductive land, often with a scrubby growth of trees.

[Middle English barreine, from Old French brahaigne, perhaps of Germanic origin.]

bar′ren·ly adv.
bar′ren·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barrenness - the state (usually of a woman) of having no children or being unable to have children
infertility, sterility - the state of being unable to produce offspring; in a woman it is an inability to conceive; in a man it is an inability to impregnate
2.barrenness - the quality of yielding nothing of valuebarrenness - the quality of yielding nothing of value
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
poorness - less than adequate; "the relative poorness of New England farmland"
unproductiveness - the quality of lacking the power to produce

barrenness

noun
1. The state or condition of being unable to reproduce sexually:
2. Empty, unfilled space:
3. Total lack of ideas, meaning, or substance:
Translations
عُقْم،قَحْل
neplodnostneúrodnost
ufrugtbarhed
ófrjósemi; hrjóstrugleiki
kıraçlıkkısırlık

barrenness

[ˈbærənnɪs] N [of soil] → aridez f; [of woman] → esterilidad f

barrenness

[ˈbærənnɪs] n
(= aridity) → aridité f
(= infertility) → stérilité f

barrenness

n
Unfruchtbarkeit f; (of land also)Kargheit f
(fig)Unfruchtbarkeit f, → Unproduktivität f; (of discussion also)Fruchtlosigkeit f; (of atmosphere also)Sterilität f; (of style, subject, study)Trockenheit f; (of topic)Unergiebigkeit f

barrenness

[ˈbærnnɪs] n (of land) → sterilità

barren

(ˈbӕrən) adjective
not able to produce crops, fruit, young etc. barren soil; a barren fruit-tree; a barren woman.
ˈbarrenness noun
References in classic literature ?
The solitary and arid blades of grass arose from the passing gusts fearfully perceptible; the bold and rocky mountains were too distinct in their barrenness, and the eye even sought relief, in vain, by attempting to pierce the illimitable void of heaven, which was shut to its gaze by the dusky sheet of ragged and driving vapor.
It was a long, roomy, one-storied villa, with a not unpicturesque combination of deep veranda and trellis work, which relieved the flat monotony of the interior and the barrenness of the freshly- cleared ground.
It made me homesick to look around over this proud and gaudy but heartless barrenness and remember that in our house in East Hartford, all unpretending as it was, you couldn't go into a room but you would find an insurance-chromo, or at least a three-color God-Bless-Our-Home over the door; and in the parlor we had nine.
No more be mention'd then of violence Against our selves, and wilful barrenness, That cuts us off from hope, and savours onely Rancor and pride, impatience and despite, Reluctance against God and his just yoke Laid on our Necks.
The reader will here find no regions cursed with irremediable barrenness, or blessed with spontaneous fecundity, no perpetual gloom or unceasing sunshine; nor are the nations here described either devoid of all sense of humanity, or consummate in all private and social virtues; here are no Hottentots without religion, polity, or articulate language, no Chinese perfectly polite, and completely skilled in all sciences: he will discover, what will always be discovered by a diligent and impartial inquirer, that wherever human nature is to be found there is a mixture of vice and virtue, a contest of passion and reason, and that the Creator doth not appear partial in his distributions, but has balanced in most countries their particular inconveniences by particular favours.
The grass and the grain began to sprout with tenfold vigor and luxuriance, to make up for the dreary months that had been wasted in barrenness.
From various points of the mountain they commanded boundless prospects of the lava plain, stretching away in cold and gloomy barrenness as far as the eye could reach.
She had suffered and relinquished, she had seen her future turned from one of infinite promise to one of barrenness, and yet, somehow, over what she scarcely knew, and with what results she could hardly foretell, she had conquered.
He was too occupied with his own vision, and vividly burned before him the sordid barrenness of a poorhouse ward, where an ancient, very like what he himself would become, maundered and gibbered and drooled for a crumb of tobacco for his old clay pipe, and where, of all horrors, no sip of beer ever obtained, much less six quarts of it.
If it were grim and desolate upon the English border, however, what can describe the hideous barrenness of this ten times harried tract of France?
And let not those whose eyes have been accustomed to the aristocratic gravity of Grosvenor Square and Hanover Square, the dowager barrenness and frigidity of Fitzroy Square, or the gravel walks and garden seats of the Squares of Russell and Euston, suppose that the affections of Tim Linkinwater, or the inferior lovers of this particular locality, had been awakened and kept alive by any refreshing associations with leaves, however dingy, or grass, however bare and thin.
This barrenness had to our eyes a strange appearance, from having been so long accustomed to the sight of an almost universal forest of dark-green trees.