BAR'REN, a. [from the same root as bare.]1. Not producing young, or offspring; applied to animals.2. Not producing plants; unfruitful; steril; not fertile; or producing little; unproductive; applied to the earth.3. Not producing the usual fruit; applied to tree,&c.4. Not copious; scanty; as a scheme barren of hints.5. Not containing useful or entertaining ideas; as a barren treatise.6. Unmeaning; uninventive; dull; as barren spectators.7. Unproductive; not inventive; as a barren mind.
BAR'REN, n. In the States west of the Allegheny, a word used to denote a tract of land, rising a few feet above the level of a plain, and producing trees and grass. The soil of these barrens is not barren, as the name imports, but often very fertile. It is usually alluvial, to a depth sometimes of several feet.
442. Any unproductive tract of land; as the pine barrens of South Carolina.