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NOUN (1)

1. an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation;
- Example: "the barrens of central Africa"
- Example: "the trackless wastes of the desert"
[syn: barren, waste, wasteland]


ADJECTIVE (3)

1. providing no shelter or sustenance;
- Example: "bare rocky hills"
- Example: "barren lands"
- Example: "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"
- Example: "the desolate surface of the moon"
- Example: "a stark landscape"
[syn: bare, barren, bleak, desolate, stark]

2. not bearing offspring;
- Example: "a barren woman"
- Example: "learned early in his marriage that he was sterile"

3. completely wanting or lacking;
- Example: "writing barren of insight"
- Example: "young recruits destitute of experience"
- Example: "innocent of literary merit"
- Example: "the sentence was devoid of meaning"
[syn: barren, destitute, devoid, free, innocent]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Barren \Bar"ren\ (b[a^]r"ren), a. [OE. barein, OF. brehaing, fem. brehaigne, baraigne, F. br['e]haigne; of uncertain origin; cf. Arm. br['e]kha[~n], markha[~n], sterile; LL. brana a sterile mare, principally in Aquitanian and Spanish documents; Bisc. barau, baru, fasting.] 1. Incapable of producing offspring; producing no young; sterile; -- said of women and female animals. [1913 Webster] She was barren of children. --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] 2. Not producing vegetation, or useful vegetation; sterile. "Barren mountain tracts." --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 3. Unproductive; fruitless; unprofitable; empty. [1913 Webster] Brilliant but barren reveries. --Prescott. [1913 Webster] Some schemes will appear barren of hints and matter. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 4. Mentally dull; stupid. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Barren flower, a flower which has only stamens without a pistil, or which has neither stamens nor pistils. Barren Grounds (Geog.), a vast tract in British America northward of the forest regions. Barren Ground bear (Zool.), a peculiar bear, inhabiting the Barren Grounds, now believed to be a variety of the brown bear of Europe. Barren Ground caribou (Zool.), a small reindeer (Rangifer Gr[oe]nlandicus) peculiar to the Barren Grounds and Greenland. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Barren \Bar"ren\, n. 1. A tract of barren land. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. Elevated lands or plains on which grow small trees, but not timber; as, pine barrens; oak barrens. They are not necessarily sterile, and are often fertile. [Amer.] --J. Pickering. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

barren adj 1: providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape" [syn: bare, barren, bleak, desolate, stark] 2: not bearing offspring; "a barren woman"; "learned early in his marriage that he was sterile" 3: completely wanting or lacking; "writing barren of insight"; "young recruits destitute of experience"; "innocent of literary merit"; "the sentence was devoid of meaning" [syn: barren, destitute, devoid, free, innocent] n 1: an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert" [syn: barren, waste, wasteland]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

160 Moby Thesaurus words for "barren": abortive, acarpous, arid, bare, blah, bland, blank, bleached, bleak, bloodless, bootless, celibate, characterless, childless, clear, cold, colorless, counterproductive, dead, depleted, desert, desolate, devoid, dismal, draggy, drained, drearisome, dreary, dried-up, dry, dryasdust, dull, dusty, earthbound, effete, elephantine, empty, etiolated, exhausted, fade, fallow, fatuitous, fatuous, featureless, feckless, flat, fruitless, futile, gainless, gaunt, gelded, heavy, ho-hum, hollow, impotent, impoverished, inadequate, inane, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, inexcitable, infecund, infertile, inoperative, insipid, invalid, irreclaimable, issueless, jejune, leached, leaden, lifeless, literal, low-spirited, menopausal, mundane, nonfertile, nonproducing, nonproductive, nonprolific, nonremunerative, nugacious, nugatory, null, null and void, of no force, otiose, pale, pallid, parched, pedestrian, plodding, pointless, poky, ponderous, poor, profitless, prosaic, prosing, prosy, rewardless, sine prole, slow, solemn, spiritless, staid, sterile, stiff, stodgy, stolid, stuffy, sucked dry, superficial, tasteless, tedious, teemless, unavailing, uncultivable, uncultivated, unfanciful, unfertile, unfruitful, unideal, unimaginative, uninspired, uninventive, unlively, unoriginal, unplowed, unpoetic, unproductive, unprofitable, unprolific, unrelieved, unremunerative, unrewarding, unromantic, unromanticized, unsown, untilled, useless, vacant, vacuous, vain, vapid, virgin, void, waste, wasted, wasteland, white, wild, wilderness, wildness, with nothing inside, without content, without issue, wooden, worn-out
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Barren For a woman to be barren was accounted a severe punishment among the Jews (Gen. 16:2; 30:1-23; 1 Sam. 1:6, 27; Isa. 47:9; 49:21; Luke 1:25). Instances of barrenness are noticed (Gen. 11:30; 25:21; 29:31; Judg. 13:2, 3; Luke 1:7, 36).
U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000):

Barren -- U.S. County in Kentucky Population (2000): 38033 Housing Units (2000): 17095 Land area (2000): 490.973907 sq. miles (1271.616528 sq. km) Water area (2000): 8.955255 sq. miles (23.194002 sq. km) Total area (2000): 499.929162 sq. miles (1294.810530 sq. km) Located within: Kentucky (KY), FIPS 21 Location: 36.984455 N, 85.933483 W Headwords: Barren Barren, KY Barren County Barren County, KY