- to choose; select; pick.
- to gather the choice things or parts from.
- to collect; gather; pluck.
- act of culling.
- something culled, especially something picked out and put aside as inferior.
Origin of cull
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Examples from the Web for culling
In any case, culling a manageable array from the totality of splendid volumes has with each year become more difficult.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
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
November 12, 2012
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
August 9, 2012
Perhaps ironically, many hunters claimed to be “culling” the herd, thereby saving it from over-population or starvation.Texas' Gunslinging Governor
April 29, 2010
He broke the record for GOP one-day fundraising online, culling $4.2 million on November 5, 2007.Revenge of Ron Paul's Army
August 30, 2009
"I am culling a souvenir, madame," said he, plucking a moss-ross as the lady passed.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
So disposal by sale is a logical and profitable way of culling.The Lani People
J. F. Bone
Then Culling crossed the room, and sat on the arm of the Seraph's chair.
Culling exclaimed, jumping up and cramming his hat on the back of his head.
Outside in the hall Culling added his contribution to the general apology.
- to choose or gather the best or required examples
- to take out (an animal, esp an inferior one) from a herd
- to reduce the size of (a herd or flock) by killing a proportion of its members
- to gather (flowers, fruit, etc)
- to cease to employ; get rid of
- the act or product of culling
- an inferior animal taken from a herd or group
Word Origin and History for culling
"dupe, saphead," rogues' slang from late 16c., perhaps a shortening of cullion "base fellow," originally "testicle" (from French couillon, from Old French coillon "testicle; worthless fellow, dolt," from Latin coleus, literally "strainer bag;" see cojones), though another theory traces it to Romany (Gypsy) chulai "man." Also sometimes cully, though some authorities assert cully was the canting term for "dupe" and cull was generic "man, fellow," without implication of gullibility. Cf. also gullible.
c.1200, originally "put through a strainer," from Old French coillir (12c., Modern French cueillir) "collect, gather, pluck, select," from Latin colligere "gather together, collect," originally "choose, select" (see collect). Related: Culled; culling. As a noun, from 1610s.