See also: stérile
- enPR: stĕrʹəl, stĕrʹīl"
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈstɛɹəl/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈstɛɹaɪl/
- Rhymes: -ɛɹəl, -ɛɹaɪl
- (not comparable) Unable to reproduce (or procreate).
1658, Thomas Browne, “The Garden of Cyrus. Or, The Quincunciall, Lozenge, or Net-work Plantations of the Ancients, Artificially, Naturally, Mystically Considered. Chapter V.”, in Hydriotaphia, Urne-buriall, or, A Discourse of the Sepulchrall Urnes Lately Found in Norfolk. Together with The Garden of Cyrus, or The Quincunciall, Lozenge, or Net-work Plantations of the Ancients, Artificially, Naturally, Mystically Considered. With Sundry Observations, London: Printed for Hen[ry] Brome at the Signe of the Gun in Ivy-lane, OCLC 48702491; reprinted as Hydriotaphia (The English Replicas), New York, N.Y.: Payson & Clarke Ltd., 1927, OCLC 78413388, page 192:
- According to that Cabaliſticall Dogma: If Abram had not had this Letter [i.e., ה (he)] added unto his Name he had remained fruitleſſe, and without the power of generation: […] So that being ſterill before, he received the power of generation from that meaſure and manſion in the Archetype; and was made conformable unto Binah.
- (figuratively) Terse; lacking sentiment or emotional stimulation, as in a manner of speaking.
- (figuratively) Fruitless, uninspiring, or unproductive.
- Germless; free from all living or viable microorganisms.
a sterile kitchen table
- free from dangerous objects, as a zone in an airport that can be only be entered via a security checkpoint
unable to reproduce
- inflected form of
sterile (masculine and feminine plural sterili)