• WordNet 3.6
    • n fertilizer any substance such as manure or a mixture of nitrates used to make soil more fertile
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1989, the space shuttle Discovery carried 32 fertilized chicken eggs into orbit
    • Fertilizer One who fertilizes; the agent that carries the fertilizing principle, as a moth to an orchid.
    • Fertilizer That which renders fertile; a general name for commercial substances which make plants grow better, as manure, guano, phosphate of lime, ammonium nitrate, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rice is thrown at weddings as a symbol of fertility
    • n fertilizer One who or that which fertilizes; specifically, a manure, whether organic or inorganic: as, guano is a powerful fertilizer. Also spelled fertiliser.
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The only way you can bring in the harvest in the fall is to plant in the spring, and to water, weed, fertilize in the summer”
  • 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
    “The master's eye is the best fertilizer.”
  • Germaine Greer
    “The management of fertility is one of the most important functions of adulthood.”
  • Charles De Montesquieu
    “Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.”


In literature:

This is because of its persistence and fertility.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
The disadvantage of such soils is that they lose their fertility by leaching.
"The Dollar Hen" by Milo M. Hastings
This country of New Britain seems to be extremely fertile, and to abound in fruits of many sorts.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 11" by Robert Kerr
Soil and location: Grows naturally in fertile soils, but will adapt itself to almost sterile soils as well.
"Studies of Trees" by Jacob Joshua Levison
The whole of the mountain region is intersected by valleys and plains which are more or less fertile.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 5. (of 7): Persia" by George Rawlinson
But to what extent does this affect fertility?
"The Fertility of the Unfit" by William Allan Chapple
The country, though fertile, is dry, and the heat is great.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
This follows from the fact that the chromosomes are the only part of the cell which, in the fertilized egg, is derived from both parents.
"The Story of the Living Machine" by H. W. Conn
The land is very fertile and the inhabitants are rich.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803, Volume V., 1582-1583" by Various
The land must be fertile, or capable of being made so.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
In Egypt and Babylonia the soil was tilled and its fertility increased by irrigation.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
They are used by fertilizer manufacturers in making cheap mixed fertilizers.
"The First Book of Farming" by Charles L. Goodrich
The land, on both sides of the road, well cultivated, and studded with groves of mango and other trees, and very fertile.
"A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II" by William Sleeman
After many days they reached a fertile valley lying between rocky hills; a clear stream flowed through it.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
It looks like stone and, under the name of lime-nitrogen, or Kalkstickstoff, or nitrolim, is sold as a fertilizer.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
They are easily worked and very quickly respond to fertilization and thorough cultivation.
"History and Comprehensive Description of Loudoun County, Virginia" by James W. Head
We descended into the wide and fertile plain of Hinnis.
"Discoveries among the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon" by Austen H. Layard
Generally, the soil west of the mountains is more fertile.
"Western Scenes and Reminiscences" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
The Aird and Beauly districts, some of the straths and several of the glens are fertile.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 6" by Various
No part of England surpasses the more fertile portions of this county in the peculiar richness of its rural scenery.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 7" by Various

In poetry:

Deep planted in the heart of man,
Wherever you may go,
Display hath fertile seeds, which sprout,
And daily larger grow.
"Display" by Thomas Frederick Young
Behold this fair and fertile globe,
By Him in wisdom plann'd;
'Twas He who girded, like a robe,
The ocean round the land.
"The Visible Creation" by James Montgomery
Again unto his native land
His weary course he drew,
To Lothian's fair and fertile strand,
And Pentland's mountains blue.
"The Gray Brother" by Sir Walter Scott
At length she came unto a stream
Most fertile of all Niles,
Where tuneful birds might soar and sing
Among the leafy isles.
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
The ancient house of Erlingford
Stood midst a fair domain,
And Severn's ample waters near
Roll'd through the fertile plain.
"Lord William" by Robert Southey
He kept me fertilized and tiled,
With ditches deep and wide,
And never let the floods run wild,
Nor stream it down my side.
"Joe's Farm" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

(CBS News) More than 3.7 million babies each year are born with help from fertility treatments.
Study ties fertility treatment, birth defect risk.
1 in many other fertility-linked areas.
Dmae Roberts presents "Stories From The Streets"-readings by Lunacy Stageworks & Streetroots newspaper as part of continued coverage on the Fertile Ground Festival.
Women with type O who seek fertility help may have more difficulty conceiving, study suggests.
There were some nearby campsites with empty fertilizer bags, empty food wrappers and other items, police said.
From kids to students to grandfolks, Whatcom County offers fertile ground for homegrown poets.
Fertile sign begins Monday.
Third, the eggs are fertilized by combining them with sperm in a culture dish.
A US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist has found a "green" alternative to a type of fertilizer additive that is believed to contribute to the accumulation of heavy metals in waterways.
To choose the proper fertilizer , it is important to know what the three numbers on the fertilizer bag mean.
The last fertilizer application for the year should be during the month of August.
Therefore, they are not using the fertilizer put out then.
One of the first signs that plants need additional fertilizer is when lower plant leaves turn yellow.
If you are irrigating your lawn, another application of lawn fertilizer will keep it green through the summer.

In science:

The third is the competition between males for fertilizing females, including direct fights between males, competition between sperms of males that fertilize the same female, and female choice of their mating partner(s).
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Another assumption is that no circumstances exist that affect the viability or fertility of sons and daughters differently, and that the investment for producing a daughter equals that for producing a son. A third assumption is that mating is random throughout the entire population.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
This means that matings can occur and lead to viable and fertile offspring between individuals that belong to the same species whenever they live in the same geographic area, but not between individuals of different species.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
However, matings between two individuals lead to viable and fertile offspring only if the parent genotypes differ in at most k digits.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Optical lattices loaded with cold atomic gases have provided a fertile experimental testing ground for the study of fundamental phenomena exhibited by quantum degenerate gases [1, 2, 3].
The Bose-Hubbard ground state: extended Bogoliubov and variational methods compared with time-evolving block decimation
Mucus observations in the fertile window: a better predictor of conception then timing of intercourse.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
They provide a fertile conceptual and technical ground in our search of the new paradigm.
Singularity Resolution in Loop Quantum Cosmology: A Brief Overview
Such topological approaches to fault tolerance provide a fertile area for further research and may well result in higher fault tolerance thresholds.
An introduction to one-way quantum computing in distributed architectures
There are hypothetical “Mini-Charged Particles” and even a class of “Hidden Photons” that do not need a magnetic field but will just appear in a vacuum tube! Clearly this area is proving an immensely fertile ground for theoretical imagination as well as experimental ingenuity.
Photon 2009 - Experimental Summary
The design assumes the use either U238 or Th232 as a fertile fuel dissolved as fluorides in the molten salt and that it can operate with thorium as a thermal breeder.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
In effect differences in fertility are suppressed.
Background fitness, eco-evolutionary feedbacks and the Hawk-Dove game
Hawks, and the fertility matrix containing the expected number of newborns W produced in effect from the interaction.
Background fitness, eco-evolutionary feedbacks and the Hawk-Dove game
In the (Argasinski and Broom 2012) to describe background mortality and fertility, a generalization of classical background fitness was applied to show the impact of the selectively neutral elements of the mortality and fertility payoff functions on the dynamics.
Background fitness, eco-evolutionary feedbacks and the Hawk-Dove game
As was shown there all mating events can be lost due to pre-reproductive mortality, thus not only differences in fertilities but exact numbers of offspring should be analyzed in the models.
Background fitness, eco-evolutionary feedbacks and the Hawk-Dove game
In effect ”background events” occur at intensity τ 2 and individuals involved in those events can obtain on average Wb fertility and survive with probability b2 .
Background fitness, eco-evolutionary feedbacks and the Hawk-Dove game