- The definition of culture means a particular set of customs, morals, codes and traditions from a specific time and place.
An example of culture is the Ancient Greek civilization.
- Culture is defined as a high degree of taste, knowledge and interest in arts, literature and other scholarly fields.
An example of culture is an affection, appreciation and understanding of modern art.
- To culture is defined as to cultivate or grow.
An example of culture is to plant a seed and provide everything necessary for the seed to become a plant.
- cultivation of the soil
- production, development, or improvement of a particular plant, animal, commodity, etc.
- the growth of bacteria, microorganisms, or other plant and animal cells in a specially prepared nourishing fluid or solid
- a colony of microorganisms or cells thus grown
- development, improvement, or refinement of the intellect, emotions, interests, manners, and taste
- the result of this; refined ways of thinking, talking, and acting
- development or improvement of physical qualities by special training or care: body culture, voice culture
- the ideas, customs, skills, arts, etc. of a people or group, that are transferred, communicated, or passed along, as in or to succeeding generations
- such ideas, customs, etc. of a particular people or group in a particular period; civilization
- the particular people or group having such ideas, customs, etc.
Origin: Middle English ; from Classical Latin cultura ; from colere: see cult
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- a. The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought.b. These patterns, traits, and products considered as the expression of a particular period, class, community, or population: Edwardian culture; Japanese culture; the culture of poverty.c. These patterns, traits, and products considered with respect to a particular category, such as a field, subject, or mode of expression: religious culture in the Middle Ages; musical culture; oral culture.d. The predominating attitudes and behavior that characterize the functioning of a group or organization.
- Intellectual and artistic activity and the works produced by it.
- a. Development of the intellect through training or education.b. Enlightenment resulting from such training or education.
- A high degree of taste and refinement formed by aesthetic and intellectual training.
- Special training and development: voice culture for singers and actors.
- The cultivation of soil; tillage.
- The breeding of animals or growing of plants, especially to produce improved stock.
- Biology a. The growing of microorganisms, tissue cells, or other living matter in a specially prepared nutrient medium.b. Such a growth or colony, as of bacteria.
- To cultivate.
- a. To grow (microorganisms or other living matter) in a specially prepared nutrient medium.b. To use (a substance) as a medium for culture: culture milk.
Origin: Middle English, cultivation, from Old French, from Latin cultūra, from cultus, past participle of colere; see cultivate.Usage Note: The application of the term culture to the collective attitudes and behavior of corporations arose in business jargon during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Unlike many locutions that emerge in business jargon, it spread to popular use in newspapers and magazines. Few Usage Panelists object to it. Over 80 percent of Panelists accept the sentence The new management style is a reversal of GE's traditional corporate culture, in which virtually everything the company does is measured in some form and filed away somewhere. • Ever since C.P. Snow wrote of the gap between “the two cultures” (the humanities and science) in the 1950s, the notion that culture can refer to smaller segments of society has seemed implicit. Its usage in the corporate world may also have been facilitated by increased awareness of the importance of genuine cultural differences in a global economy, as between Americans and the Japanese, that have a broad effect on business practices.
culture - Cultural Definition
The sum of attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from another. Culture is transmitted, through language, material objects, ritual, institutions, and art, from one generation to the next.
- Anthropologists consider that the requirements for culture (language use, tool making, and conscious regulation of sex) are essential features that distinguish humans from other animals.
- Culture also refers to refined music, art, and literature; one who is well versed in these subjects is considered “cultured.”
culture - Medical Definition
- The growing of microorganisms, tissue cells, or other living matter in a specially prepared nutrient medium.
- Such a growth or colony, as of bacteria.
- To grow microorganisms or other living matter in a specially prepared nutrient medium.
- To use a substance as a medium for culture.
culture - Science Definition
- A growth of microorganisms, viruses, or tissue cells in a specially prepared nutrient medium under supervised conditions.
- The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought. Culture is learned and shared within social groups and is transmitted by nongenetic means.
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