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Webster 1913 Edition


Barren

Bar′ren

(băr′ren)
,
Adj.
[OE.
barein
, OF.
brehaing
, fem.
brehaigne
,
baraigne
, F.
bréhaigne
; of uncertain origin; cf. Arm.
brékhañ
,
markhañ
, sterile; LL.
brana
a sterile mare, principally in Aquitanian and Spanish documents; Bisc.
barau
,
baru
, fasting.]
1.
Incapable of producing offspring; producing no young; sterile; – said of women and female animals.
She was
barren
of children.
Bp. Hall.
2.
Not producing vegetation, or useful vegetation; sterile.
Barren mountain tracts.”
Macaulay.
3.
Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty.
Brilliant but
barren
reveries.
Prescott.
Some schemes will appear
barren
of hints and matter.
Swift.
4.
Mentally dull; stupid.
Shak.
Barren flower
,
a flower which has only stamens without a pistil, or which has neither stamens nor pistils.
Barren Grounds
(Geog.)
,
a vast tract in British America northward of the forest regions.
Barren Ground bear
(Zool.)
,
a peculiar bear, inhabiting the Barren Grounds, now believed to be a variety of the brown bear of Europe.
Barren Ground caribou
(Zool.)
,
a small reindeer (
Rangifer Grœnlandicus
) peculiar to the Barren Grounds and Greenland.

Bar′ren

,
Noun.
1.
A tract of barren land.
2.
pl.
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.
[Amer.]
J. Pickering.

Webster 1828 Edition


Barren

BAR'REN

,
Adj.
[from the same root as bare.]
1.
Not producing young, or offspring; applied to animals.
2.
Not producing plants; unfruitful; steril; not fertile; or producing little; unproductive; applied to the earth.
3.
Not producing the usual fruit; applied to tree,&c.
4.
Not copious; scanty; as a scheme barren of hints.
5.
Not containing useful or entertaining ideas; as a barren treatise.
6.
Unmeaning; uninventive; dull; as barren spectators.
7.
Unproductive; not inventive; as a barren mind.

BAR'REN

,
Noun.
In the States west of the Allegheny, a word used to denote a tract of land, rising a few feet above the level of a plain, and producing trees and grass. The soil of these barrens is not barren, as the name imports, but often very fertile. It is usually alluvial, to a depth sometimes of several feet.
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2.
Any unproductive tract of land; as the pine barrens of South Carolina.

Definition 2022


Barren

Barren

See also: barren

German

Noun

Barren m (genitive Barrens, plural Barren)

  1. (metallurgy) bar
  2. (gymnastics) parallel bars

Declension

barren

barren

See also: Barren

English

Adjective

barren (comparative barrener or more barren, superlative barrenest or most barren)

  1. (not comparable) Unable to bear children; sterile.
    I silently wept as my daughter's husband rejected her. What would she do now that she was no longer a maiden but also barren?
  2. Of poor fertility, infertile; not producing vegetation.
    • Thomas Macaulay (1800–1859)
      barren mountain tracts
    • 2014 December 23, Olivia Judson, “The hemiparasite season [print version: Under the hemiparasite, International New York Times, 24–25 December 2014, p. 7]”, in The New York Times:
      The druids [] believed that mistletoe could make barren animals fecund, and that it was an antidote to all poisons.
  3. Bleak.
  4. Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty.
    • William H. Prescott (1796-1859)
      brilliant but barren reveries
    • Jonathan Swift (1667–1745)
      Some schemes will appear barren of hints and matter.
    • 2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, Bulgaria 0-3 England”, in BBC:
      Rooney had been suffered a barren spell for England with only one goal in 15 games but he was in no mood to ignore the gifts on offer in front of an increasingly subdued Bulgarian support.
  5. Mentally dull; stupid.

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Antonyms

Translations

Noun

barren (plural barrens)

  1. An area of low fertility and habitation, a desolate place.
    The pine barrens are a site lonely enough to suit any hermit.

Translations


Basque

Adjective

barren

  1. deep

Spanish

Verb

barren

  1. Second-person plural (ustedes) present indicative form of barrer.
  2. Third-person plural (ellos, ellas, also used with ustedes?) present indicative form of barrer.

Swedish

Noun

barren

  1. definite singular of barr
  2. definite plural of barr