the act or process of selecting and removing desirable or undesirable individuals from a group: Reducing farm exposure to the bacteria will require more rigorous testing and culling of infected animals.
the process of gathering or collecting: To realize progress through the transfer of ideas, an informed culling of content and the extension of a shared knowledge base are essential.
the group of things resulting from either of these processes: The collection War in Context provides a crucial culling of stories that I would surely have missed had I not read it.
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How to use culling in a sentence
Denmark’s government may not have the political backing it needs to move ahead with a mass cull of the country’s mink population.Denmark’s prime minister says its mink population will be culled—but she’s facing political resistance | kdunn6 | November 9, 2020 | Fortune
Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said last week her government was in talks with the World Health Organization to figure out how to contain the outbreak, and suggested the WHO was on board with the proposed cull.Denmark’s prime minister says its mink population will be culled—but she’s facing political resistance | kdunn6 | November 9, 2020 | Fortune
In any case, culling a manageable array from the totality of splendid volumes has with each year become more difficult.
The National Park Service's deer culling finally starts tonight, according to a press release from the agency.
Swiss Bank UBS is in the midst of culling more than 10,000 employees around the world, including a significant number in the U.S.Wall Street’s Middle Class Suffers as Business Changes | Rob Cox | November 12, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Across the Midwest, corn and soybeans are burning up in the field, and ranchers are culling their herds.The Texas Drought Seen Firsthand from the Eyes of Ranchers | Malcolm Jones | August 9, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Perhaps ironically, many hunters claimed to be “culling” the herd, thereby saving it from over-population or starvation.
When the boatmen see it, they recognize it as the fleur de Rhône that the Anglore is so fond of culling.Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
Vann Larch, their nearest approach to an art specialist, took charge of culling the best from them.Space Viking | Henry Beam Piper
He can never have done culling the evidence that it presents, or enjoying the promise which it yields.How to Observe | Harriet Martineau
Sir culling Eardley was at that time zealous in the furtherance of village preaching.Recollections of a Long Life | John Stoughton
Sir culling Eardley and others, in private as well as public, promoted the interests of the Alliance.Recollections of a Long Life | John Stoughton