Adjective "barren" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of land) too poor to produce much or any vegetation.
  1. 'the barren, burnt-up countryside'
  2. 'Now, of course their are material resources to be had in Gaul, and this provides a reason for conquest - for who wants to conquer a barren land?'
  3. 'The rest of Iceland is agricultural, rural, or wild - 80% of its barren land is unpopulated.'
  4. 'The mere sound of the word ‘monsoon’ conjures up magical images of heavy rain rejuvenating and reviving a starved, parched and barren land.'
  5. 'Will it be again blamed when there would be severe environmental disaster after watercourse of river Brahmaputra will be diverted to irrigate Indian barren land?'
  6. 'What is immediately striking is the lushness of these high pastures - such a contrast to the common perception of Ethiopia as a barren land.'
  7. 'I walked along the barren lands as the sun parched my skin.'
  8. 'Then a village elder told the group that what Alwar really needed were people to pitch in with shovels and make ponds that could trap water in the barren land.'
  9. 'Today, they are still extracting revenge and blood from a barren land that has been sucked dry by a despotic ruling class and its natural allies in Washington and Paris.'
  10. 'Ahead is a barren land of lochans and beautifully-ridged mountains rising steeply from an uninhabited wilderness.'
  11. 'An elephant, tired after searching for water, lies in writhing pain on a barren land.'
  12. 'To sharpen our vision, Jesus tells a parable about an orchard owner who was frustrated by a barren fig tree and ordered the gardener to cut the tree down.'
  13. 'No lusty bud nor curling tendril burst from the barren vine.'
  14. 'Figgy pudding is sometimes eaten on Palm Sunday, possibly in memory of Christ's cursing of the barren fig tree on that day.'
  15. 'We begrudge the colder weather, the barren trees, the short days.'
  16. 'Yet Weil thought so poorly of her achievements she once identified herself with the barren fig tree Jesus cursed because it bore no fruit.'
  17. 'The sidewalks were shaded by huge, hovering oak trees that looked barren in the cool weather.'
  18. 'As a photographer, Ziegler is mostly concerned with capturing human emotion, a story a rusty silo or barren tree can't tell.'
  19. 'The trees are barren and it is a time when the birds are likely to be most vocal, just before mating season.'
  20. 'Alex looked up from the barren flower bed and noticed a woman standing by the forest waving her arms and calling out to him.'
  21. 'Peeking through a few barren trees and sitting atop a well-manicured lawn sat Keaton's parent's house.'
  22. 'In 35 majors he has won eight times - and he arrives at Troon hoping to end a relatively barren spell.'
  23. 'After something of a barren spell, Summerhill College's golfers are back on top of the provincial mountain.'
  24. 'The former Liverpool striker has had a torrid time in front of goal recently but he put his barren spell firmly behind him with what turned out to be the winner at St James' Park.'
  25. 'There then followed a long barren spell with Castlecomer frequently on the attack but their wayward shooting failed them at the final kick.'
  26. 'Caley took advantage in terms of possession but their barren spell in front of goal before this one continued.'
  27. 'Moore's next task is to end a three-month barren spell dating back to his last goal, against Stoke City in September's 2-2 Turf Moor draw.'
  28. 'Bolton's recent run of form has come despite a barren spell from Ricketts that has seen him go goalless since January 16.'
  29. 'The Premier County ended their very barren spell in the 21st minute when their full forward Des Lyons kicked over a good point.'
  30. 'Vassell has recently returned to form after a barren spell with Aston Villa, while Alan Smith, for this writer at least, has failed to hit the heights of the past in an admittedly abject Leeds side.'
  31. 'Since then though Rangers have endeared a barren spell and the pressure has been building on McLeish as O'Neill has transformed Celtic into one of the best teams in Europe.'
  32. 'Even if they loved each other very much, a man would be forced to divorce a barren wife due to the pressure from his own family.'
  33. 'In Act Two the barren Lady Kix, lamenting her childless and unfruitful state, is overhead by Touchwood Senior.'
  34. 'By contrast the prehistoric stones have been seen as male symbols of fertility with the power to impregnate barren women.'
  35. 'Samren moved his eyes from the barren fox to his son, Caspar.'
  36. 'Disturbing ewes or sudden changes in diet can cause embryo losses, the result is lower litter sizes and barren ewes.'
(of a place or building) bleak and lifeless.
  1. 'the flat feels too tidy, almost barren'
  2. 'They wanted to leave this barren place as soon as they could.'
  3. 'Deeper into the barren city the polished buildings turn to dirty, smudged, rock-like towers, looking as if they were carved roughly out of stone.'
  4. 'He wanted it to bust out the front of his face, eat his whole body, rend him limb from limb and toss the severed remains of his body to the four winds of that bleak and barren place.'
  5. 'Obviously, he's hiding in the Spurs trophy room, a desperately barren place where no man ever goes.'
  6. 'I recognized the view of Abalone Mountain and Castle Rock from that barren site.'
  7. 'Without their kind the musical world would be an extremely barren place.'
  8. 'The morning sun appeared above the Afghan village, the rays of golden light reaching out across the bleak and barren landscape.'
  9. 'When you're not talking, you'll undoubtedly be exploring the extremely barren environments within the game.'
  10. 'The place was barren and bleak, and as far as she could see it was devoid of any inhabitants.'
  11. 'The world had become a barren place thanks to the bombing, devoid of anything similar to vegetation or existence, save for a few spots of land that had escaped the war.'
  12. 'No doubt there is a spiritual egoism, built on barren ideas concerning oneself with no real practice behind them, that one can easily fall into.'
  13. 'It opens up windows on our society, our selves, and our barren ideas.'
  14. 'the room was barren of furniture'
  15. 'The Democrats purposely chose a candidate with a 22-year history in elective office entirely barren of any distinction.'
  16. 'Selina pulled into the stadium parking lot, its asphalt turf barren of all vehicles except hers.'
  17. 'Our cuticles are already as barren of microbial life as the underside of an arctic glacier.'
  18. 'Still, it was strange to see the school, empty and barren of all people.'
  19. 'The Hill Country along South Mopac is remarkably barren of all-night food joints.'
  20. 'However, she was not barren of any color - her lips were colored a bright, glossy red.'
  21. 'As it stands, this site is barren of all such annoyances.'
  22. 'All the time, labour, and money, bestowed by the Corporation during this period may be said to have been almost barren of beneficial results.'
  23. 'I like it too, it's very nice even though it's basically barren of all furniture.'
  24. 'But everyone exploits its use, until that time certain when it becomes soiled and haggard, barren of its previous virtues.'


A barren tract or tracts of land.
  1. 'In Illinois, barrens occur throughout the state.'
  2. 'He thought of the bliss the two kids had, him and Unico, as they raced across the barrens plains, past the sign, and darting through the stone forest.'
  3. 'This species, typical of mesic to dry-mesic upland forests, has wind-dispersed seeds and evidently readily invades barrens.'
  4. 'However, through the core of the barrens a headwind-driven flame reached a height of one to 1.5 meters and ascended some small shrubs, saplings, and standing-dead trees.'
  5. 'The other is a mosaic of sand barrens and woodland and in this case, poor soil has probably slowed succession.'
  6. 'Quite unlike today's northern barrens, it combined Arctic tundra with fertile loess soil and low latitudes the Eurasian tundra belt having been pushed far to the south by the Scandinavian icecap.'
  7. 'Dry barrens offer an exceptional opportunity to examine fire effects on community structure, composition, and diversity patterns in savannalike natural communities.'
  8. 'Rolling hills, jagged rock barrens, steaming swamps, and dusty grey ashlands all appear crisp and clean to the eye and have an amazing amount of variety.'
  9. 'Fire suppression, development and conversion of land to agricultural use have destroyed many of the pine barrens and oak savannas where the lupine grows.'
  10. 'I have to make some more somehow, I have to go even further out into the barrens to find things to talk about.'
A group or drove of mules.


    1. not producing or incapable of producing offspring; sterile: a barren woman.

    2. unproductive; unfruitful: barren land.

    3. without capacity to interest or attract: a barren period in American architecture.

    4. mentally unproductive; dull; stupid.

    5. not producing results; fruitless: a barren effort.

    6. destitute; bereft; lacking (usually followed by of): barren of tender feelings. noun

    7. Usually, barrens. level or slightly rolling land, usually with a sandy soil a

    More examples(as adjective)

    "isles can be barren."

    "islands can be barren."

    "souls can be barren."

    "moorlands can be barren."

    "landscapes can be barren."

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    Middle English: from Old French barhaine, of unknown origin.