Definition of Culture

1. Noun. A particular society at a particular time and place. "Early Mayan civilization"

2. Verb. Grow in a special preparation. "The biologist grows microorganisms"
Generic synonyms: Grow

3. Noun. The tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group.
Generic synonyms: Appreciation, Discernment, Perceptiveness, Taste
Specialized synonyms: Counterculture, Mass Culture, Letters
Derivative terms: Acculturate, Cultural, Cultural

4. Noun. All the knowledge and values shared by a society.
Exact synonyms: Acculturation
Generic synonyms: Cognitive Content, Content, Mental Object
Specialized synonyms: Meme
Derivative terms: Acculturate, Cultural, Cultural

5. Noun. (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar). "The culture of cells in a Petri dish"
Specialized synonyms: Starter
Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Generic synonyms: Development, Growing, Growth, Maturation, Ontogenesis, Ontogeny

6. Noun. A highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality. "Almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"
Exact synonyms: Cultivation, Finish, Polish, Refinement
Generic synonyms: Flawlessness, Ne Plus Ultra, Perfection
Derivative terms: Cultivate, Polish, Polish, Refine

7. Noun. The attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization. "The reason that the agency is doomed to inaction has something to do with the FBI culture"
Generic synonyms: Attitude, Mental Attitude
Specialized synonyms: Cyberculture, Kalashnikov Culture, Mosaic Culture

8. Noun. The raising of plants or animals. "The culture of oysters"
Generic synonyms: Cultivation
Specialized synonyms: Cranberry Culture, Monoculture, Tillage, Viniculture, Viticulture
Derivative terms: Cultural

Definition of Culture

1. n. 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. v. t. To cultivate; to educate.

3. n. The cultivation of bacteria or other organisms in artificial media or under artificial conditions.

Definition of Culture

1. Noun. The arts, customs, and habits that characterize a particular society or nation. ¹

2. Noun. The beliefs, values, behaviour and material objects that constitute a people's way of life. ¹

3. Noun. (microbiology) The process of growing a bacterial or other biological entity in an artificial medium. ¹

4. Noun. (anthropology) Any knowledge passed from one generation to the next, not necessarily with respect to human beings. ¹

5. Noun. The collective noun for a group of bacteria. ¹

6. Noun. (botany) cultivation ¹

7. Noun. (computing) The language and peculiarities of a geographical location. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To maintain in an environment suitable for growth (''especially of bacteria''). ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To increase the artistic or scientific interest (''in something''). ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Culture

1. to make fit for raising crops [v -TURED, -TURING, -TURES]

Medical Definition of Culture

1. To grow in vitro. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Culture

cultural attache
cultural characteristics
cultural deprivation
cultural diversity
cultural evolution
cultural evolutionism
cultural imperialism
cultural literacy
cultural movement
cultural patrimony
cultural shock
cultural studies
cultural wealth
culture (current term)
culture collections
culture maker
culture makers
culture media
culture medium
culture minister
culture shock
culture shocks
culture vulture
culture vultures
culture war
culture wars

Literary usage of Culture

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education by John Dewey (1916)
"culture as Aim. — Whether or not social efficiency is an aim which is consistent with culture turns upon these considerations. culture means at least ..."

2. Biennial Report by California Dept. of Agriculture, California State Commission of Horticulture (1909)
"WALNUT culture IN THE NORTH. BY HJ RAMSEY. In treating of a subject so broad it will be impossible to cover in any sense fully or satisfactorily the various ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1910)
"four or five times until the protozoa were thoroughly washed, and no trace of the old culture water remained. Several parthenogenetic female rotifers were ..."

4. Manual of Serum Diagnosis: Deep Breathing and a Complete System for by Bernarr Macfadden, Otto Rostoski (1904)
"With one year's subscription to the PHYSICAL culture Magazine, $1.65; ... Given free for three (3) yearly subscriptions to the PHYSICAL culture Magazine at ..."

5. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1921)
"This purpose, however, important as it is, does not cover our conception of art culture in its present relationship, nor is it the first or primary object ..."

6. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1881)
"Our society takes the liberty of asking you as one of the most urgent workers for silk-culture in America to give us your advice as to a filature, ..."

7. Testimonium Animæ: Or, Greek and Roman Before Jesus Christ; a Series of by Ernest Gottlieb Sihler (1908)
"Many, he justly observes, are so shallow as to take social etiquette and the amenities of that life as culture. One cannot deny that if we form an exact ..."

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