fertilize

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fertilize introduce semen into (a female)
    • v fertilize provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to "We should fertilize soil if we want to grow healthy plants"
    • v fertilize make fertile or productive "The course fertilized her imagination"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1989, the space shuttle Discovery carried 32 fertilized chicken eggs into orbit
    • Fertilize To fecundate; as, to fertilize flower.
    • Fertilize To make fertile or enrich; to supply with nourishment for plants; to make fruitful or productive; as, to fertilize land, soil, ground, and meadows. "And fertilize the field that each pretends to gain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rice is thrown at weddings as a symbol of fertility
    • fertilize To make fertile; enrich, as soil; make fruitful or productive, in general; fecundate: as, to fertilize land, the imagination, etc.
    • fertilize In biology, to render capable of development by the introduction of the male germ-element; impregnate.
    • fertilize Also spelled fertilise.
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Quotations

  • Percy Ross
    Percy Ross
    “Fertilizer does no good in a heap, but a little spread around works miracles all over.”
  • Ben Stein
    Ben%20Stein
    “Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows.”
  • Marshall Pugh
    Marshall Pugh
    “Dancing with abandon, turning a tango into a fertility rite.”
  • Rick Pitino
    Rick Pitino
    “Failure is good. It's fertilizer. Everything I've learned about coaching, I've learned from making mistakes.”
  • Pliny The Elder
    Pliny%20The%20Elder
    “The master's eye is the best fertilizer.”
  • Germaine Greer
    Germaine%20Greer
    “The management of fertility is one of the most important functions of adulthood.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. fertiliser,

Usage

In literature:

The element of faith fertilizes life and causes it to bring forth in abundance.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
I have observed, that the country through which we passed to-day, was as fertile and much more picturesque than the Said.
"A Narrative of the Expedition to Dongola and Sennaar" by George Bethune English
Everywhere has been left a fertile, alluvial bed which serves the purpose of fertilization.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
I planted my currants on ground previously well fertilized with well decayed barnyard manure.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Such species are known as self-fertile.
"Growing Nuts in the North" by Carl Weschcke
Subject to many accidents, the Cigale is fertile to excess.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
These islands are very green and fertile, the climate very mild.
"The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503" by Various
It has every advantage of climate, great fertility of soil, and immense mineral resources hardly yet developed.
"An Australian in China" by George Ernest Morrison
Here lived many rich men who owned the fertile farms on which all Galilee depended for wheat.
"Men Called Him Master" by Elwyn Allen Smith
But I do not think it originates fertility; it does not get nitrogen from the atmosphere.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
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In poetry:

Many a field most fertile
Bears vile and noxious weeds,
Through failure of the tiller
To sow some worthy seeds.
"Many" by Jared Barhite
"How truly grand the scene!
The giant trees are bare,
No fertile meadows intervene,
No hillocks fresh and fair;
"To A Flower" by Margaret Davidson
When soil of thought is fertile
And ready for the seeds,
It may bring precious fruitage,
Or vile and noxious weeds.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
THYRSIS
"The field is parched, the grass-blades thirst to death
In the faint air; Liber hath grudged the hills
His vine's o'er-shadowing: should my Phyllis come,
Green will be all the grove, and Jupiter
Descend in floods of fertilizing rain."
"Eclogue 7: Meliboeus Corydon Thrysis" by Publius Vergilius Maro
Thyrsis.
"The field is parched, the grass-blades thirst to death
In the faint air; Liber hath grudged the hills
His vine's o'er-shadowing: should my Phyllis come,
Green will be all the grove, and Jupiter
Descend in floods of fertilizing rain."
"Eclogue VII" by Virgil
The surrounding scenery of Nairn is magnificent to be seen,
Especially its fertile fields and woodlands so green;
Besides, not far from Nairn, there's Cawdor Castle, the ancient seat
Of the noble Thanes of Cawdor, with its bold turrets so neat.
"Beautiful Nairn" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

A woman's blood type may yield clues to her fertility, a new study suggests.
(AP) — Waterways across the upper Midwest are increasingly plagued with ugly, smelly and potentially deadly blue-green algae, bloomed by drought and fertilizer runoffs from farm fields, that's killed dozens of dogs and sickened many people.
Bolivian volcano Uturuncu is fertile ground for research, study and fascination.
Botanic Garden mega-flower in bloom — thanks to fertilizer.
These Aphaenogaster cockerelli ants are peeved that the blue-dotted worker ant exhibits a hydrocarbon profile identifying it as fertile.
There's a new quagmire emerging for California agriculture: fertilizer use regulations.
Eventually fertilizer use reporting will become another regulatory requirement for California.
Gulf Kings caught as bycatch go to fertilizer, not the table By Naomi Klouda Homer Tribune.
This image contains a mixture of fragmented and intact embryos three hours after fertilization.
At the ocean surface, the individual eggs separate and become fertilized.
It's time to prune, clear out , fertilize and plant.
'Genetics workshop' on fertilized eggs.
A day after the world learned that scientists at George Washington University Medical Center had cloned human embryos , ethicists and fertility specialists were already engaged in a vociferous debate yesterday.
New farmers to work on fertile land.
Apply fertilizer at the drip line of shrubs and water the fertilizer into the ground.
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In science:

The lattice of the tilings of D can then be obtained as the product of the lattices of the tilings of the fertile zones.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
Definition 5.9 A sub-domain D ′ of D is pre-fertile if: • it is connected and tileable; • at least one of its vertices is not on its contour path P ; • ∆h(v) 6= 0 for any such vertex; • two vertices of P are at distance 1 in the triangular grid if and only if they are neighbours in P .
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
The union of two pre-fertile zones need not be a pre-fertile zone.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
Their union is fertile if D1 ∪ D2 is itself pre-fertile. A sub-domain of D is fertile if it is pre-fertile and a maximal element for fertile union.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
Proposition 5.11 Let F be a pre-fertile sub-domain of D.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
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