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Meaning of BARREN

Pronunciation:  'barun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"
  2. [adj]  incapable of sustaining life; "the dead and barren Moon"
  3. [adj]  not bearing offspring; "a barren woman"; "learned early in his marriage that he was sterile"
  4. [adj]  not fertile or productive; "a barren tree"; "soil too infertile to sustain real pasture"
  5. [adj]  without offspring; "in some societies a barren woman is rejected by her tribesmen"
  6. [adj]  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"
 

BARREN is a 6 letter word that starts with B.

 

 Synonyms: bare, bleak, childless, dead, desolate, infertile, inhospitable, stark, sterile, unfertile, unfruitful, waste, wasteland
 
 See Also: heath, heathland, wild, wilderness

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Bar"ren\, a. [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; ?rile.
       ``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 as neither stamens nor pistils.
    
    {Barren Grounds} (Geog.), a vast tract in British America
       northward of the forest regions.
    
    {Barren Ground bear} (Zo["o]l.), a peculiar bear, inhabiting
       the Barren Grounds, now believed to be a variety of the
       brown bear of Europe.
    
    {Barren Ground caribou} (Zo["o]l.), a small reindeer
       ({Rangifer Gr[oe]nlandicus}) peculiar to the Barren
       Grounds and Greenland.
    
    
  2. \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.]
       --J. Pickering.
    
    
 
Easton Bible Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

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).

 
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