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Definitions of culture

  1. all the knowledge and values shared by a society
  2. a particular society at a particular time and place; " early Mayan civilization"
  3. a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality; " they performed with great polish"; " I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"; " almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"-- Joseph Conrad
  4. ( bacteriology) the product of cultivating micro- organisms in a nutrient medium
  5. the raising of plants or animals; " the culture of oysters"
  6. ( biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium ( such as gelatin or agar); " the culture of cells in a Petri dish"
  7. the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group
  8. the attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization; " the developing drug culture"; " the reason that the agency is doomed to inaction has something to do with the FBI culture"
  9. The act or practice of cultivating, or of preparing the earth for seed and raising crops by tillage; as, the culture of the soil.
  10. The act of, or any labor or means employed for, training, disciplining, or refining the moral and intellectual nature of man; as, the culture of the mind.
  11. The state of being cultivated; result of cultivation; physical improvement; enlightenment and discipline acquired by mental and moral training; civilization; refinement in manners and taste.
  12. To cultivate; to educate.
  13. The cultivation of bacteria or other organisms in artificial media or under artificial conditions.
  14. The collection of organisms resulting from such a cultivation.
  15. Those details of a map, collectively, which do not represent natural features of the area delineated, as names and the symbols for towns, roads, houses, bridges, meridians, and parallels.
  16. The training or refining of the mental or moral powers; the enlightenment which results from mental and moral training; as, culture or civilization includes education, manners, and morals; refinement; tillage; care given to the growth and development of animals and plants; the breeding of bacteria for scientific use; the product of such breeding.
  17. Cultured.
  18. To cultivate.
  19. Cultivation: the state of being cultivated: advancement or refinement the result of cultivation.
  20. To cultivate: to improve.
  21. Cultivation; advancement or refinement by cultivation.
  22. Cultivation; training; improvement; refinement of mind, morals, or taste; enlightenment.
  23. The development of micro- organisms, or the organisms so developed.
  24. The act of tilling; cultivation; the application of labour, with a view to production or improvement; intellectual or moral discipline and training.
  25. The act of preparing the earth for seed; cultivation; any labour or means employed for improvement.
  26. To cultivate or improve.
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Usage examples for culture

  1. But here is another of a lower grade of culture. – Amusement: A Force in Christian Training by Rev. Marvin R. Vincent.
  2. It was decided to send him to Madaura, a town about twenty miles distant, a good deal larger than Tagaste, and well known for its culture and its schools. – Life of Saint Monica by F. A. (Frances Alice) Forbes
  3. I was at Cambridge, he said calmly, and I know of your Western culture. – The Mandarin's Fan by Fergus Hume
  4. Well, we are taking somewhat more in order that for it we may procure the culture that we perhaps need. – The Ego and His Own by Max Stirner
  5. I can easily discern that the pride of this garden are the cabbages, probably because more care has gone into their culture. – Seeds of Pine by Janey Canuck
  6. His culture and learning were French even more than German. – German Problems and Personalities by Charles Sarolea
  7. He must have been a man of culture. – Erasmus and the Age of Reformation by Johan Huizinga
  8. Thou art indeed culture! – On the Future of our Educational Institutions by Friedrich Nietzsche
  9. But a human body is a very difficult thing to dispose of, especially to a person of so little scientific culture as myself. – The Vanishing Man by R. Austin Freeman
  10. It is not sufficient to say that culture, that thought is life, and not the thought of life. – The Reform of Education by Giovanni Gentile
  11. But all those who reflect are agreed to regard it as being principally an instrument of social culture. – Introduction to the Study of History by Charles V. Langlois Charles Seignobos
  12. With Lady Joan this learning, judiciously poured out, passed for a marvellous knowledge of books, and the country doctor began to assume in her eyes the proportions of a man of universal culture. – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  13. Ah, if culture would only take beauty in hand! – A Splendid Hazard by Harold MacGrath
  14. The real dignity of character he knew to lie in culture. – James B. Eads by Louis How
  15. With this state of mind is very naturally associated a sense of moral weakness,- and a constant reliance on divine aid, both for direction through life, and for the culture of the moral being. – The Philosophy of the Moral Feelings by John Abercrombie
  16. Single- minded and simple, raised unexpectedly by circumstances into his supreme position, he shut his eyes absolutely to art and culture, abandoned diplomacy, and determined to act only as the chief of the Catholic Church. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  17. In the history of culture this has by no means always been the case. – Edward Caldwell Moore Outline of the History of Christian Thought Since Kant by Edward Moore
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