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

 ster·ile /ˈstɛrəl, ||ˌaɪl/

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

 ster·ile =/ˈstɛrəl, <ɪ>ʧɪɛflj ɑrɪtɪʃ ˌaɪl/= 形容詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ster·ile a.
 1. Producing little or no crop; barren; unfruitful; unproductive; not fertile; as, sterile land; a sterile desert; a sterile year.
 2. Biol. (a) Incapable of reproduction; unfitted for reproduction of offspring; not able to germinate or bear fruit; unfruitful; as, a sterile flower, which bears only stamens. (b) Free from reproductive spores or germs; as, a sterile fluid.
 3. Fig.: Barren of ideas; destitute of sentiment; as, a sterile production or author.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: incapable of reproducing; "an infertile couple" [syn: unfertile,
              infertile] [ant: fertile]
      2: free of or using methods to keep free of pathological
         microorganisms; "a sterile operating area"; "aseptic
         surgical instruments"; "aseptic surgical techniques" [syn:
      3: deficient in originality or creativity; lacking powers of
         invention; "a sterile ideology lacking in originality";
         "unimaginative development of a musical theme";
         "uninspired writing" [syn: unimaginative, uninspired,