• WordNet 3.6
    • v fertilise introduce semen into (a female)
    • v fertilise provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to "We should fertilize soil if we want to grow healthy plants"
    • v fertilise make fertile or productive "The course fertilized her imagination"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Fertilise to make fertile or fruitful: to enrich
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. fertilisferre, to bear.


In literature:

But the indigenous art of Padua was dependent on Venice, and needed some fertilising element.
"Donatello" by David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
The spermatozoon fertilises the ovum, introducing 2 chromosomes.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
It disappeared in the fertilised egg.
"Form and Function" by E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
The stream which ought to have expanded into a fertilising river has become a vast swamp, exhaling vapours charged with disease and death.
"The Faith of Islam" by Edward Sell
They were also more valuable as fertilisers.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
This fertilising spring rises under a hill to the east, where a large reservoir has been dug out.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
This probably symbolises the fertilising action of rain.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
And, though the flood subsides as rapidly as it comes, it leaves behind fertilising silt to enrich the soil.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
Bees fertilising flowers, 73.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
It is, however, doubtful if the ovules can be fertilised in these flowers.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters

In poetry:

Nature evolves their colours as a call,
A lure which serves to fertilise the seed;
How strange then that the splendour of the Fall
Should serve no natural need
"Ode On The Death Of Pius The Twelfth" by A D Hope
Do our numbers multiply
But to perish and to die?
Is this all our destiny below,
That our bodies, as they rot,
May fertilise the spot
Where the harvests of the stranger grow?
"A Mystery" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Now turn your eyes to Egypt's plains,
Ne'er water'd by refreshing rains,
And tell what copious stream,
Its fertilising produce yields,
Making the gardens and the fields,
With richest plenty teem.
"Enigma XXII." by Elizabeth Hitchener

In news:

At this stage, they can be fertilised with sperm in the laboratory or frozen and stored.
In the case of the frozen procedure, when the woman is ready to use her eggs they are thawed and fertilised .
There is an absence of population-based longterm studies on the risk of neurological sequelae in children born after in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).
Rome, 5 October (ENI)--Vatican authorities have strongly criticised the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Medicine to Briton Robert Edwards, stating that the scientist's work on in-vitro fertilisation does not help in the defence of life.
What is involved when a woman goes for IVF ( In Vitro Fertilisation).
"In my examination of Orchids , hardly any fact has struck me so much as endless diversities of structure," wrote Charles Darwin in his 1877 treatise The Various Contrivances By Which Orchids Are Fertilised By Insects.
Mukesh D Ambani Mr Bijoy Chatterjee Dr Jagdish Sheth Prof. Chairman & Managing Director Reliance Industries Limited Secretary (Chemicals & Petrochemicals) Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilisers, Govt.
What is involved when a woman goes for IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation).