- To cull is defined as to select from a large number of options.
- An example of cull is when you select only limited pieces of information from a variety of sources.
- An example of cull is when hunters kill deer to reduce the deer population.
- to pick out; select: to cull facts from an encyclopedia
- to pick out in order to discard or destroy: a librarian culled unneeded books
- to select and gather (flowers or fruit); pick
- ☆ Forestry to select trees to be felled for timber
- to examine (a collection or group) in order to select desired parts or, esp., to discard or destroy unwanted parts: to cull a herd
Origin of cullMiddle English cullen ; from Old French coillir ; from Classical Latin colligere: see collect
transitive verbculled, cull·ing, culls
- To pick out from others; select.
- To gather; collect.
- To remove rejected members or parts from (a herd, for example).
Origin of cullMiddle English cullen, from Old French cuillir, from Latin colligere; see Collect 1.
(third-person singular simple present culls, present participle culling, simple past and past participle culled)
- To pick or take someone or something (from a larger group).
- 1984, cover star: JOE DALLESANDRO culled from Andy Warhol's FLESH — anonymous; sleeve notes from The Smiths' eponymous album
- To gather, collect.
- To select animals from a group and then kill them in order to reduce the numbers of the group in a controlled manner.
- (nonstandard, euphemistic) To kill (animals etc).
- To lay off in order to reduce the size of, get rid of.
Perhaps an abbreviation of cully.