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civilization; refinement; cultivation (Agriculture); bacteria or germs grown for scientific study (Biology)
expose to culture, cultivate; grow in a controlled environment for scientific study (bacteria, germs, etc.)
Culture Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
English-Latin Online Dictionary
Culture Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To cultivate; to educate.
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.
The act or practice of cultivating, or of preparing the earth for seed and raising crops by tillage; as, the culture of the soil.
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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\cul"ture\ (?), n.
1. (biol.) (a) the cultivation of bacteria or other organisms in artificial media or under artificial conditions. (b) the collection of organisms resulting from such a cultivation.
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.
2. (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.
\cul"ture\ (k?l"t?r; 135), n. [f. culture, l. cultura, fr. colere to till, cultivate; of uncertain origin. cf. colony.] 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.
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. c. shairp. the list of all the items of the general life of a people represents that whole which we call its culture.
fluid, a fluid in which the germs of microscopic organisms are made to develop, either for purposes of study or as a means of modifying their virulence.
\cul"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. cultured (-t?rd; 135); p. pr. & vb. n. culturing.] to cultivate; to educate. they came into places well inhabited and cultured.

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The Phrase Finder
Old fashioned attitudes of racism and misogyny.
First applied to the attitudes of the rank and file police in the UK.
Ascribed to Dorothy Parker.
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JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Cywyll = n. culture, tillage
Cywyllu = v. to culture
Diwyll = n. clearance; culture
Diwylliant = n. culture, worship
Gwyllyn = n. culture; aration
Gwyllynio = v. to culture
WordNet 2.0

1. a particular society at a particular time and place; "early Mayan civilization"
(synonym) civilization, civilisation
(hypernym) society
(hyponym) Aegean civilization, Aegean civilisation, Aegean culture
(part-meronym) subculture
(derivation) acculturate
2. the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group
(hypernym) taste, appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness
(hyponym) counterculture
(derivation) acculturate
3. all the knowledge and values shared by a society
(synonym) acculturation
(hypernym) content, cognitive content, mental object
(hyponym) meme
(derivation) acculturate
4. (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar); "the culture of cells in a Petri dish"
(hypernym) growth, growing, maturation, development, ontogeny, ontogenesis
(classification) biology, biological science
5. (bacteriology) the product of cultivating micro-organisms in a nutrient medium
(hypernym) product
(hyponym) starter
(classification) bacteriology
6. 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
(synonym) polish, refinement, cultivation, finish
(hypernym) perfection, flawlessness, ne plus ultra
7. 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"
(hypernym) attitude, mental attitude
(hyponym) cyberculture
8. the raising of plants or animals; "the culture of oysters"
(hypernym) cultivation
(hyponym) cranberry culture
Culture Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Big Dog's Leadership Page - Glossary
The long-term complex phenomenon that can be affected by strategic leaders. Culture represents the shared expectations and self-image of the organization. The mature values that create "tradition", the play out of "climate" or "the feel of the organization" over time, and the deep, unwritten code that frames "how we do things around here" contribute to the culture. Organizational culture is a system of shared values, assumptions, beliefs, and norms that unite the members of the organization. Individual leaders cannot easily create or change culture.
Culture Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
(*) A feature of the terrain that has been constructed by man. Included are such items as roads, buildings, and canals; boundary lines; and, in a broad sense, all names and legends on a map.
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Division. ( About )
EU English Glossary
Whilst the will to conduct cultural activities at European level was apparent as early as the 1970s, it was not until 1991 that culture was officially given a place in European integration, through Article 151 of the Maastricht Treaty, which states that "The Community shall contribute to the flowering of the cultures of the Member States, while respecting their national and regional diversity and at the same time bringing the common cultural heritage to the fore".

To create a real European cultural area, the Union is called upon to promote cooperation between the Member States and, if necessary, to support and complement their activities in the following areas:

•the dissemination of the culture and history of the European peoples;
•the conservation of cultural heritage of European significance;
•non-commercial cultural exchanges;
•artistic, literary and audiovisual creation;
•cooperation with third countries and the competent international organisations.

For ten years, the Commission supported cultural cooperation via three experimental programmes in this sector covering the performing, plastic and visual arts, heritage and books (Kaléïdoscope, Ariane and Raphaël). The European Community has also supported the Member States' initiative to designate a 'European City of Culture' each year since 1985.

In 2000, the Commission adopted the Culture 2000 framework programme, a new approach to cultural action. The aim of this programme is to create a common cultural area by promoting cultural dialogue, the creation and dissemination of culture and the mobility of artists and their works, European cultural heritage, new forms of cultural expression and the socio-economic role of culture.

Cultural cooperation in Europe is also promoted by specific activities funded by other European programmes than Culture 2000, in particular activities performed in the context of economic, research, education, training and regional development aid policies that also promote cultural cooperation. This cooperation in interpreted broadly, as most of the programmes are open to the member countries of the European Economic Area and the candidate countries, and third countries and international organisations are also involved.


•Education, vocational training and youth

© European Communities, 1995-2004
Culture Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Sociology
The values, norms and material goods shared by a given group. Your instructor prefers to restrict the term to refer to symbolic aspects (values and norms).
Fear of England, English culture, etc
Fear of France, French culture
Also knonwn as Gallophobia or Galiophobia
Fear of Chinese, Chinese culture
Fear of German or German things
Glossary of Significant Concepts in Parental Acceptance-Rejection Theory
Learned symbolic meanings approximately shared by most members of a society or by identifiable segments of the society (e.g., status groups), and generally transmitted from one generation to the next. (Note: this definition and concepts within it are amplified in Rohner, 1984.) The important point here is that the concept "culture" in PARTheory refers exclusively to some degree of consensus about symbolic meanings among members of a population. The concept does not include behavior except insofar as behavior is motivated by or expresses symbolic meanings. (See culture learning; enculturation; equivalence of meaning; mental representation
Culture Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Description: To grow living organisms in a prepared medium or media.
Source: Specialized encyclopedia and dictionaries
© European Communities, 1995-2004
Web Dictionary of Cybernetics and Systems
The social artistic and scientific heritage of a community or society. The intergenerational communication of information , other than genetic information, in the form of material artefacts (e.g., tools, weapons, buildings, works of art) distinctive forms of behavior (e.g., songs, rituals, institutions, organizational forms) and systems of distinctions (classifications, histories, knowledge code d in symbol s, ideas or beliefs). Culture incorporates individual and collective responses to environmental conditions and its content is continually subjected to evolution ary processes such as random mutation, recombination and selection. (Krippendorff )
Glossary Of Geography
The accumulated habits, attitudes, and beliefs of a group of people that define for them their general behavior and way of life; the total set of learned activities of a people.
Glossary of Cartographic Terms
Features constructed by man that are under, on, or above the ground which are delineated on a map. These include roads, trails, buildings, canals, sewer systems, and boundary lines. In a broad sense, the term also applies to all names, other identification, and legends on a map.
Culture Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Culture is, in the words of E.B. Tylor, "that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society."

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Culture Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Social Work in Canada
The generally shared knowledge, beliefs and values of members of society. Culture is conveyed from generation to generation through the process of socialization.
The Scotch Whisky by SDA v.4.20
Glasgow City of Culture (1990), Blended Scotch Whisky
By: Douglas Laing & Co. Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland)
Culture Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
Basic Music Glossary
the customs, ideas, tastes, and beliefs acquired from a person's background; the sum total of one's lifestyle
English to Federation-Standard Golic Vulcan
iyula (beliefs & customs, etc.); sokulm (biology)
Culture Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Medicine (Shahram)
A culture is the propagation of microorganisms in a growth media. Any body tissue or fluid can be evaluated in the laboratory by culture techniques in order to detect and identify infectious processes. Culture techniques also be used to determine sensitivity to antibiotics.
CDC Tuberculosis Glossary
The process of growing bacteria in the laboratory so that organisms can be identified.
Hepatitis Central (TM) Liver Disease Medical Glossary
The process of growing bacteria or other microorganisms in the laboratory so that organisms can be identified
Aids Glossary
a method of growing a microorganism or living tissue in vitro in a medium that promotes its growth.