To cull is defined as to select from a large number of options.verb
- 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: ME cullen < OFr coillir < L colligere: see collect
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transitive verb culled, cull·ing, culls
- To pick out from others; select.
- To gather; collect.
- To remove rejected members or parts from (a herd, for example).
Origin: Middle English cullen, from Old French cuillir, from Latin colligere; see Collect 1.
- cullˈer noun