ETYM Old Eng. barein, Old Fren. brehaing, fem. brehaigne, baraigne, French bréhaigne; of uncertain origin; cf. Arm. brékhań, markhań, sterile; Late Lat. brana a sterile mare, principally in Aquitanian and Spanish documents; Bisc. barau, baru, fasting.
1. Incapable of sustaining life.
2. Not bearing offspring; SYN. sterile.
3. Not fertile or productive; SYN. infertile.
ETYM Latin deficiens, -entis, p. pr. of deficere to be wanting. Related to Defect.
1. Falling short of some prescribed norm; SYN. inferior, substandard.
2. Inadequate in amount or degree; SYN. lacking, wanting.
ETYM Latin destitutus, p. p. of destituere to set away, leave alone, forsake; de + statuere to set. Related to Statute.
Poor enough to need help from others; SYN. impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken.
1. Low in stature; not tall
2. Primarily spatial sense; having little length or lacking in length
3. Most direct; SYN. shortest.
4. (Prosody) Used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively brief duration.
5. (Phonetics) Of speech sounds (especially vowels) of relatively short duration (as e.g. the English vowel sounds in 'pat', 'pet', 'pit', 'pot', putt').
6. (Of memory) Deficient in retentiveness or range
7. Primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration
8. (Finance) Not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices
9. Unwilling to endure; SYN. unforbearing.
10. Lacking foresight or scope; SYN. shortsighted, unforesightful.
11. Containing a large amount of shortening; therefore tender and easy to crumble or break into flakes
(Archaic) Slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope
1. Have fine or very small constituent particles
2. Limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; SYN. little.
1. Of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section
2. Lacking excess flesh; SYN. lean.
3. Lacking spirit or sincere effort
4. Relatively thin in consistency or low in density; not viscous
5. (Of sound) Lacking resonance or volume