culture: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kul'chur), [key]
— n., v., -tured, -tur•ing.
  1. the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc.
  2. that which is excellent in the arts, manners, etc.
  3. a particular form or stage of civilization, as that of a certain nation or period: Greek culture.
  4. development or improvement of the mind by education or training.
  5. the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group: the youth culture; the drug culture.
  6. the sum total of ways of living built up by a group of human beings and transmitted from one generation to another.
    1. the cultivation of microorganisms, as bacteria, or of tissues, for scientific study, medicinal use, etc.
    2. the product or growth resulting from such cultivation.
  7. the act or practice of cultivating the soil; tillage.
  8. the raising of plants or animals, esp. with a view to their improvement.
  9. the product or growth resulting from such cultivation.
  1. to subject to culture; cultivate.
    1. to grow (microorganisms, tissues, etc.) in or on a controlled or defined medium.
    2. to introduce (living material) into a culture medium.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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