- 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
Examples from the Web for cultures
The city served as a crossroads for African, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cultures.
It's often said that America is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities.
Death is interpreted differently by various people, cultures, and even science.
And by pronouncing other cultures and political systems “evil,” there was the assurance that America was good.
The President frequently touts his international culture background as proof of his understanding of other cultures.
The boundaries of cultures and rainfall never follow survey lines.Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest|J. Frank Dobie
Cultures were made of these samples, and bacilli of different types were developed in the culture medium in a short time.Paint Technology and Tests|Henry A. Gardner
Denmark was already a meeting-place for a variety of cultures, thoughts, and influences.The New Stone Age in Northern Europe|John M. Tyler
Kingdoms and peoples, cultures and institutions, pass away like dreams.
Thus, they sensed a commonality not only of interests but also of cultures.Area Handbook for Bulgaria|Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for cultures
- 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
Word Origin and History for cultures
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.
Medicine definitions for cultures
Science definitions for cultures
Culture definitions for cultures
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.