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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"
"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
"Early Mayan civilization"
(7)   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


From < , perfect passive participle of (related to and ) < , + suffix .


  1. The arts, customs, and habits that characterize a particular society or nation.
  2. The beliefs, values, behavior and material objects that constitute a people's way of life.
  3. The process of growing a bacterial or other biological entity in an artificial medium.
  4. 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. cultivation
    The Culture of Spring-Flowering Bulbshttp://counties.cce.cornell.edu/suffolk/grownet/flowers/sprgbulb.htm


  1. To maintain in an environment suitable for growth (especially of bacteria).
  2. To increase the artistic or scientific interest (in something).

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