- 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 culturesfashion, art, ability, science, practice, experience, civilization, perception, skill, development, lifestyle, knowledge, habit, society, folklore, agriculture, manners, learning, polish, dress
Examples from the Web for cultures
Contemporary Examples of cultures
“Cultures” Versus “White Girls” As you can probably sense from my scare quotes, you can never be too careful these days.Solange Smacks Jay Z, Legolas Slaps Bieber, and the Biggest Celebrity Feuds of the Year
December 24, 2014
The city served as a crossroads for African, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cultures.Egypt Ain’t The Only Pyramid Show In Town
December 11, 2014
It's often said that America is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities.What It's Like To Be Ambiguously Ethnic
The Daily Beast Video
November 24, 2014
Death is interpreted differently by various people, cultures, and even science.What It’s Like to Wake Up Dead
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
November 21, 2014
And by pronouncing other cultures and political systems “evil,” there was the assurance that America was good.How Obama's Shallow Worldview Failed Us
August 29, 2014
Historical Examples of cultures
With all your powers you must live at the whim of other cultures.Cubs of the Wolf
Raymond F. Jones
"Cultures skid backwards when they're transplanted," the Captain said.Blind Man's Lantern
Allen Kim Lang
Compare the naked-eye appearances of the cultures from day to day.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique
John William Henry Eyre
You see, what Thurston didn't realize was that his cultures were contaminated.Pandemic
Jesse Franklin Bone
Great cities have always been the melting-pots of races and of cultures.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
- 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.