What was it that produced this barrenness, this intellectual degradation in Constantinople?
Directly ahead was a land of desolation, radiant in its barrenness.
To the uninitiated a clod of dry earth is the most unpromising of objects—it is cousin to the stone, and the type of barrenness.
We are struck with the aspect of barrenness caused by the absence of vegetation.
Savage wildness and barrenness reign in its lofty mountain chains as much as softer beauty does in the "huertas" and "vegas."
Then upon the earth did there come dearth and drought and barrenness.
The past may well look with pity at the poverty of our civilisation; the future will laugh at the barrenness of our art.
Whatever may be our experience of failure and barrenness, He is never defeated.
Every day the atmosphere of a house becomes unbearable, so every day I go out to the sand and barrenness.
My love of good is damned to barrenness; it may, and let it be!
c.1200, from Old French baraigne, baraing "sterile, barren" (12c.), perhaps originally brahain, of obscure derivation, perhaps from a Germanic language. In England, originally used of women, of land in France. Of land in English from late 14c. As a noun, mid-13c., "a barren woman;" later of land.
BARRENS. Elevated lands, or plains upon which grow small trees, but never timber. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]
barren bar·ren (bār'ən)
Not producing offspring.
Incapable of producing offspring.
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).