- the cultivation of microorganisms, as bacteria, or of tissues, for scientific study, medicinal use, etc.
- the product or growth resulting from such cultivation.
verb (used with object), cul·tured, cul·tur·ing.
- to grow (microorganisms, tissues, etc.) in or on a controlled or defined medium.
- to introduce (living material) into a culture medium.
Origin of culture
Synonyms for culture
Related Words for culturefashion, art, ability, science, practice, experience, civilization, perception, skill, development, lifestyle, knowledge, habit, society, folklore, agriculture, manners, learning, polish, dress
Examples from the Web for culture
Contemporary Examples of culture
Charlie ridiculed my faith and culture and I died defending his right to do so.The Muslim Cop Killed by Terrorists
January 9, 2015
I don't know why or who's doing it, but it's the legacy…and it's a legacy that is so important to the culture.Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
A lot of the culture around movies in the sci-fi/fantasy genre is about deconstructing them ad nauseam.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
We have reached a tipping point in the culture where Americans are now trained to look to the rules instead of their own judgment.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
“Butter has always been a healthy part of the diet in almost every culture; butter is a traditional food,” Asprey says.Bulletproof Coffee and the Case for Butter as a Health Food
December 27, 2014
Historical Examples of culture
Give everyone his culture, and no one will offer him more than his due.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
I was a man who stood in symbolic relations to the art and culture of my age.
I have said of myself that I was one who stood in symbolic relations to the art and culture of my age.
Even in Boston, mellowed though it was by culture, the classical was at a discount.Heroes of the Telegraph
All that has been said, then, tends to enforce the culture of the imagination.A Dish Of Orts
- the experimental growth of microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, in a nutrient substance (culture medium), usually under controlled conditionsSee also culture medium
- a group of microorganisms grown in this way
Word Origin for culture
mid-15c., "the tilling of land," from Middle French culture and directly from Latin cultura "a cultivating, agriculture," figuratively "care, culture, an honoring," from past participle stem of colere "tend, guard, cultivate, till" (see cult). The figurative sense of "cultivation through education" is first attested c.1500. Meaning "the intellectual side of civilization" is from 1805; that of "collective customs and achievements of a people" is from 1867.
For without culture or holiness, which are always the gift of a very few, a man may renounce wealth or any other external thing, but he cannot renounce hatred, envy, jealousy, revenge. Culture is the sanctity of the intellect. [William Butler Yeats]
Slang culture vulture is from 1947. Culture shock first recorded 1940.
The sum of attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from another. Culture is transmitted, through language, material objects, ritual, institutions, and art, from one generation to the next.