fructify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fructify bear fruit "the apple trees fructify"
    • v fructify make productive or fruitful "The earth that he fructified"
    • v fructify become productive or fruitful "The seeds fructified"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Fructify frŭk"tĭ*fī To bear fruit. "Causeth the earth to fructify ."
    • v. t Fructify To make fruitful; to render productive; to fertilize; as, to fructify the earth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fructify To bear or produce fruit.
    • fructify To make fruitful; render productive; fertilize: as, to fructify the earth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Fructify fruk′ti-fī to make fruitful: to fertilise
    • v.i Fructify to bear fruit
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fructifier, L. fructificare,; fructus, fruit + -ficare,only in comp.), akin to L. facere, to make. See Fruit, and Fact

Usage

In literature:

Yet not like the sunshine; for sunshine is fructifying, and his life had been singularly fruitless.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
The Druids preserved the mistletoe evergreen as an emblem of nature's fructifying energy, and of immortality.
"Mysticism and its Results" by John Delafield
Neither the grasses nor the grains fructify.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Sarah had only her father; and when her heart began to fructify and expand, all her affections expanded with it.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 2, No 6, December 1862" by Various
But Phil's good intentions were not allowed to fructify.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Thus it is seen that the League of Nations advocated by President Wilson was born of ideas already fructifying on American soil.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
If they had fructified he would have been the Librarian of the Bodleian.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Moisture and heat seek here an outlet to expand their fructifying powers.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
Each has done his appointed work, each has caused to fructify the talent which the Master gave.
"The Intellectual Life" by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
It blesses the grain by swaying it to and fro, for the word "bless" means literally to fructify.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
But long before imagination has proceeded to the results named, another grand fructifying force has come to its aid, namely, Love.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 95, September 1865" by Various
Later in this second period, these two modes of thought come together and fructify one another.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
According to Syrian ideas, as a fish goddess, she represented the fructifying power of water.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
It is waste and only waste; nor can it, below ground or above, hold fructifying power for any human soul.
"Prisoners of Poverty" by Helen Campbell
Let him plough and reap it for a thousand years, and he may beautify and fructify but never change it.
"The African Colony" by John Buchan
These same columns were also symbols of fructifying power.
"Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion as Illustrated by the Native Religions of Mexico and Peru" by Albert Réville
The thorn and the thistle may indeed bloom and fructify, but they will not bear grapes or figs.
"The Color Line" by William Benjamin Smith
These calumnies fructified in the provinces, long since prepared to receive them.
"History of the Commune of 1871" by P. Lissagary
Judaism is germinal Christianity, and Christianity is fructified Judaism.
"Christianity and Modern Thought" by Various
Money fructifies of itself when there is but common prudence in the possessor.
"Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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In poetry:

It's beautiful—the catastrophe:
it makes our woes amusing,
and those of the hapless
fructify
"Buddhijivi ka Vaktavya ( Intellectual's Statement)" by Raghuvir Sahay
What! Are we cowards? Are we doting fools?
Who built the cities, fructified the lands?
We make and use, but do we own the tools?
Who robbed us of the product of our hands?
"The Red Winds Come!" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
Observe those rich and glorious things,
The rivers, meadows, woods, and springs,
The fructifying sun;
To note from far
The rising of each twinkling star
For us his race to run.
"Walking" by Thomas Traherne