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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 bar·ren /ˈbærən/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 bar·ren /ˈbærən/ 形容詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bar·ren a.
 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.”
 3. Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty.
    Brilliant but barren reveries.   --Prescott.
    Some schemes will appear barren of hints and matter.   --Swift.
 4. Mentally dull; stupid.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bar·ren, n.
 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.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 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, bleak, desolate, stark]
      2: not bearing offspring; "a barren woman"; "learned early in
         his marriage that he was sterile"
      3: incapable of sustaining life; "the dead and barren Moon"
      n : an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation;
          "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of
          the desert" [syn: waste, wasteland]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    For a woman to be barren was accounted a severe punishment among
    the Jews (Gen. 16:2; 30:1-23; 1 Sam. 1:6, 27; Isa. 47:9; 49:21;
    Luke 1:25). Instances of barrenness are noticed (Gen. 11:30;
    25:21; 29:31; Judg. 13:2, 3; Luke 1:7, 36).