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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cul"ture
  1. The act or practice of cultivating, or of preparing the earth for seed and raising crops by tillage; as, the culture of the soil.
  2. 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."If vain our toil We ought to blame the culture, not the soil." [Pepe.]
  3. 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."What the Greeks expressed by their paidei`a, the Romans by their humanitas, we less happily try to express by the more artificial word culture." [J. C. Shairp.]"The list of all the items of the general life of a people represents that whole which we call its culture." [Tylor.]
  4. [Biol]
    1. The cultivation of bacteria or other organisms (such as fungi or eukaryotic cells from mulitcellular organisms) in artificial media or under artificial conditions.
    2. The collection of organisms resulting from such a cultivation.
  5. [Cartography] 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.

Note: The growth of cells obtained from multicellular animals or plants in artificial media is called tissue culture.

Note: ☞ The word is used adjectively with the above senses in many phrases, such as: culture medium, any one of the various mixtures of gelatin, meat extracts, etc., in which organisms cultivated; culture flask culture oven culture tube gelatin culture plate culture, etc.

Etymology: F. culture, L. cultura, fr. colere to till, cultivate; of uncertain origin. Cf. Colony

verb Cul"ture
To cultivate; to educate.
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  1. The raising of plants or animals ("the culture of oysters")
  2. (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar) ("the culture of cells in a Petri dish")
  3. The tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group
  4. All the knowledge and values shared by a society
  5. The attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization ("the developing drug culture" and "the reason that the agency is doomed to inaction has something to do with the FBI culture")
  6. A particular society at a particular time and place
  7. A highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
  8. Grow in a special preparation

From Middle French culture (“cultivation; culture”), from Latin cultūra (“cultivation; culture”), from cultus, perfect passive participle of colō (“till, cultivate, worship”) (related to colōnus and colōnia), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷel- (“to move; to turn (around)”).

  1. The arts, customs, lifestyles, background, and habits that characterize a particular society or nation.
  2. The beliefs, values, behaviour and material objects that constitute a people's way of life.
  3. (microbiology) The process of growing a bacterial or other biological entity in an artificial medium; the growth thus produced.
  4. (anthropology) Any knowledge passed from one generation to the next, not necessarily with respect to human beings.
  5. The collective noun for a group of bacteria.
  6. (botany) Cultivation.
  7. (computing) The language and peculiarities of a geographical location.
    A is the combination of the language that you speak and the geographical location you belong to. It also includes the way you represent dates, times and currencies.
  8. (cartography) The details on a map that do not represent natural features of the area delineated, such as names and the symbols for towns, roads, meridians, and parallels.

culture was also found in the following language(s): French, Italian, Latin, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Culture

Culture Shock is a disc jockey and record producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to 2004. Culture was given the name James Pountney .


Culture is a hip hop music and reggae rapping and singing. Culture is also known as Culture.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Culture

Smiley Culture was a reggae and dancehall musician. His career lasted from 1970 to 1990. Smiley was given the name David Victor Emmanuel on February 10th, 1963 in South London, England. He died on March 15th, 2011.



Culture is a hip hop music and reggae rapping and singing. Culture is also known as Culture.


Fun Facts about the name Culture

  • When was the first name Culture first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Culture is Wednesday, February 26th, 1896.
  • How unique is the name Culture? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Culture. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Culture: Your name in reverse order is Erutluc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ulcrute. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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