bar·ren /ˈbærən/ 形容詞
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.
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.]
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]
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).