Barren

3 definitions found

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

Barren \Bar"ren\ (b[a^]r"ren), adjective [OE. barein, OF. brehaing, fem. brehaigne, baraigne, F. br['e]haigne; of uncertain origin; cf. Arm. br['e]kha[~n], markha[~n], 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 Gr[oe]nlandicus}) peculiar to the Barren Grounds and Greenland.

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

Barren \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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

barren

adjective

1: providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape" [syn: {bare}, {barren}, {bleak}, {desolate}, {stark}]

2: not bearing offspring; "a barren woman"; "learned early in his marriage that he was sterile"

3: completely wanting or lacking; "writing barren of insight"; "young recruits destitute of experience"; "innocent of literary merit"; "the sentence was devoid of meaning" [syn: {barren}, {destitute}, {devoid}, {free}, {innocent}]

noun

1: an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert" [syn: {barren}, {waste}, {wasteland}]


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