• WordNet 3.6
    • n fertilization making fertile as by applying fertilizer or manure
    • n fertilization creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1989, the space shuttle Discovery carried 32 fertilized chicken eggs into orbit
    • Fertilization (Biol) The act of fecundating or impregnating animal or vegetable germs; esp., the process by which in flowers the pollen renders the ovule fertile, or an analogous process in flowerless plants; fecundation; impregnation.
    • Fertilization The act or process of rendering fertile.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rice is thrown at weddings as a symbol of fertility
    • n fertilization The act or process of rendering land fertile, fruitful, or productive.
    • n fertilization Fecundation or impregnation of animals or plants; specifically, in bot., the process by which the pollen reaches and acts upon the ovules, and assures the production of fruit; also, the analogous process in cryptogams.
    • n fertilization Also spelled fertilisation.
    • n fertilization The artificial initiation of the process of development in an unfertilized egg by something else than a male cell. In 1899 Loeb found that after the unfertilized eggs of the sea-urchin have been immersed in a dilute solution of magnesium chlorid in sea-water they undergo normal or nearly normal development when they are transferred to pure sea-water. This has been held to be proof that fertilization is a chemical process; but more recent experiments have shown that a similar effect may be produced by cane-sugar, urea, sulphuric acid, strychnine, and even, in the silkworm, by gently brushing the eggs. The eggs in which the experiments are most successful are those that occasionally develop without fertilization under normal conditions and as there is no physical or chemical similarity between the objects that have been used with success, it seems probable that they do no more than to disturb the stability of the egg and permit its organic mechanism for development to work, and that the effect may be no more like that produced by the male cell than a jar which opens the valve of a steam-engine is like the engineer.
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  • Percy Ross
    Percy Ross
    “Fertilizer does no good in a heap, but a little spread around works miracles all over.”
  • 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”
  • Ben Stein
    “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.”
  • 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.”


In literature:

When the soil is low in fertility, it may be necessary to fertilize it before a crop of mammoth clover can be successfully grown.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
Branch with sterile and fertile flowers.
"Handbook of the Trees of New England" by Lorin Low Dame
Its soil, though not surprisingly fertile, yet yields abundantly such products as are suited to it.
"Up To Date Business" by Various
By a fertile soil is meant one that has an abundance of plant food in the proper proportions.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
Through the very intense heat of the dry season, the soil developed a fertility that reduced human labor to a minimum.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
In fertilizing buckwheat land, green manures and rich nitrogenous fertilizers should be avoided.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
These minerals form very large deposits and are extensively mined for use as fertilizers.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
Fertilizers rich in nitrogen may stimulate the late growth and predispose the tree to killing back.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The coast zone consists of a well-watered and fertile strip, producing all the crops of the tropics.
"Mexico" by Charles Reginald Enock
The country was rich in views and in fertility.
"Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808" by Lt-Col. Pinkney

In poetry:

"But five thousand pounds! Gem'en, what are you doing?
Five thousand one hundred--a going! a going!
The lands are most fertile; the buildings are good;
The premises grac'd with a fine hanging wood."
"The Auctioneer" by William Hutton
Why fertile thus in death the pestilent air
Of Libya, what poison in her soil
Her several nature mixed, my care to know
Has not availed: but from the days of old
A fabled story has deceived the world.
"Pharsalia - Book IX: Cato" by Marcus Annaeus Lucanus
When in the sultry glebe I faint
Or on the thirsty mountain pant,
To fertile vales and dewy meads
My weary, wandering steps He leads,
Where peaceful rivers, soft and slow,
Amid the verdant landscape flow.
"Psalm 23 : The Lord My Pasture Shall Prepare" by Joseph Addison
I'll settle them pleasantly on the Savannah,
With Germans and Highlanders, thrifty and strong.
They shall eat Georgia peaches in huts of palmetto,
And their land shall be fertile, their days shall be long.
"Southern Ships And Settlers" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Some catch themselves to every mound,
Then lingeringly and slowly move
As if they knew the precious ground
Were opening for their fertile love:
They almost try to dig, they need
So much to plant their thistle-seed.
"Thistledown" by Harold Monro
On some fertile spot which we may call our own,
Where the rich verdure grows, we will build up a home.
There industry will flourish and content will smile,
While our children rejoicing will share in our toil.
While our children, etc.
"The Free Selector (song of 1861)" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Payday loan shops find fertile ground in county's low per capita income landscape.
Insects fend off predators, add needed fertilizer and even clean up for their hosts.
Handling herbicide carryover and fertilizer issues after drought.
Heard the one about why it takes 100 million sperm to fertilize an egg.
I suspect that Dr Commoner 's only regret was that in his lifetime he could observe precious little progress on the issues of survival for humanity that preoccupied his fertile and creative mind.
Human Rights Watch says mandatory sterilization law causes "anguish" for those who remain fertile.
Fertility expert Dr Robert Greene talks about how this salty snack may be useful when you're TTC.
One of the best ways to boost fertility and have a healthy pregnancy is to make careful food choices.
Vet uses fertility technology to help animals conceive .
Mariah Carey is undergoing fertility treatment in an effort to conceive her first child with husband Nick Cannon, according to tabloid reports.
Below are a few photos from the trophy presentation at the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association meeting in mid-January.
LLC, has begun construction on a $10 million state-of-the-art control center building at its fertilizer plant near Fort Dodge.
The fertility clinic they had used had made an all but inconceivable mistake and had implanted another couple's embryos into Carolyn.
If using a granular fertilizer , it should be applied every 4 to 6 weeks to production beds/gardens.
Reading the fertilizer label If you will notice when you go to purchase your fertilizer there are 3 numbers on the front of the bag.

In science:

Fracture lines, fertile zones and the fracture algorithm When considering a general (tileable) domain D, it may happen that a given tile is “fixed”, in the sense that it cannot be changed by a flip, so we’d like to remove such a tile and concentrate on “interesting” zones (see Section 5.3).
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
We have completed our study of fertile zones; we now turn to sub-domains whose vertices are all on the contour path.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
Input: A tileable domain D. • Output: The fertile zones of D. • Step 1: Use Thurston’s Algorithm 2.9 to build the maximal and minimal tilings of D.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
Thus only the fertile zones remain (see Figure 17 (b)).
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
Consider Figure 18, in which the domain contains two fertile zones.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain