cull

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cull look for and gather "pick mushrooms","pick flowers"
    • v cull remove something that has been rejected "cull the sick members of the herd"
    • n cull the person or thing that is rejected or set aside as inferior in quality
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cull A cully; a dupe; a gull. See Cully.
    • v. t Cull To separate, select, or pick out; to choose and gather or collect; as, to cull flowers. "From his herd he culls ,
      For slaughter, from the fairest of his bulls."
      "Whitest honey in fairy gardens culled ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cull To gather; pick; collect.
    • cull To pick out; select or separate one or more of from others: often with out.
    • cull To inspect and measure, as timber.
    • n cull Something picked or culled out; specifically, an object selected from among a collection or aggregate, and placed on one side, or rejected, because of inferior quality: usually in the plural: as In live-stock breeding, inferior specimens, unfit to breed from. In lumbering, inferior or defective pieces, boards, planks, etc.
    • cull A Middle English form of kill.
    • cull A variant of coll.
    • n cull A fool; a dupe.
    • n cull A local English (Gloucestershire) name for the fish miller's-thumb.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Cull kul to select, pick out
    • ns Cull a dupe
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Quotations

  • Fred A. Allen
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    “The American arrives in Paris with a few French phrases he has culled from a conversational guide or picked up from a friend who owns a beret.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE.cullen, OF. cuillir, coillir, F.cueillir, to gather, pluck, pick, fr. L. colligere,. See Coil (v. t.), and cf. Collect
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. a contr. of Cullion.

Usage

In literature:

From the bravest revolutionary party in Russia he could surely cull a recruit or two.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
I have taken pains to cull the most choice of my acquaintance.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 3. March 1848" by Various
It is easier to give specifications for culls, since all grapes not firsts are culls.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Then thinking of George Grave's remark, I called Fritz a "nasty person," with a few extra additions culled from the "trench dictionary.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
Don't you want to take this culling-basket and pick it full of the prettiest things you can find for Mrs. Gordon?
"The Camerons of Highboro" by Beth B. Gilchrist
As a military captain he was culling laurels against theatric odds.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
A few more morsels culled from the experience of these weather-seers, and we have done.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, July, 1850." by Various
Let us seek truth everywhere; let us cull it wherever we can find its blossom or its seed.
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
How vast the store of facts from which we have to cull!
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
From this correspondence we have been permitted to cull some beautiful and helpful passages.
"James Gilmour of Mongolia" by James Gilmour
The most amusing incidents might be culled from such histories, if one were but disposed to relate them.
"Nuts and Nutcrackers" by Charles James Lever
During this time he sold thousands of bushels of "culls" that are not counted in this statement, excepting in 1895.
"The Apple" by Various
A voice, clear as silver, culled through the trees, 'Annunziata!
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Besides this, the corn-blades are culled and cured.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 1" by Various
The only thing for me to do is to cull a few facts, season them to suit her taste, and serve hot.
"Eden" by Edgar Saltus
Sweet are those flowers as they were culled to-day, And is my KAMA'S form more frail than they?
"The Birth of the War-God" by Kalidasa
Like Charles Reade, Miss Anna Katherine Green is a believer in scrap-books, and culls from newspapers accounts of strange events.
"Methods of Authors" by Hugo Erichsen
Don John's chief strength consisted in some three hundred Spanish arquebusiers, culled from the flower of his infantry.
"History of The Reign of Philip The Second King of Spain" by William H. Prescott
By processes of elimination Spurrier culled over the possibilities until at length his glance brightened.
"The Law of Hemlock Mountain" by Hugh Lundsford
All the flower of the labourers of the east of Sussex and west of Kent will be culled out and sent off in a short time.
"Rural Rides" by William Cobbett
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In poetry:

What am I, and what is he
Who can cull and tear a heart,
As one might a rose for sport
In its royalty?
"Perle Des Jardins" by Madison Julius Cawein
And still with reverent hands we cull
Thy gifts each year renewed;
The good is always beautiful,
The beautiful is good.
"Garden" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Let Greece his fiery lyric breathe
Above her hero-urns;
And Scotland, with her holly, wreathe
The flower he culled for Burns.
"Fitz-Greene Halleck" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Welcome! flowers all fresh and sweet
Cull'st thou for the masses;
Life's worn traveller will thee greet,
Reading as he passes.
"A Parody On "The Wayside Well"" by Janet Hamilton
Gathers them so fast and fleet,
Little fingers cannot meet
O'er the lot; and swifter still
Than they cull, the wealth they spill.
"Echoes Of Spring" by Mathilde Blind
"We'll gather from the rosy bower
The fairest wreaths that bloom,
We'll cull, my love, each op'ning flower
To deck his hallow'd tomb;
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams

In news:

Culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset are trials meant to test whether free shooting is as effective as trapping and shooting.
Group drops challenge to NY village deer cull plan.
Windstream to cull up to 400 management positions.
The 2012 Cabela's Bassmaster Federation Nation Western Divisional will be won on culling strategy: It's about accurately predicting the weight of the fish you're going to catch.
Salmon farm to depopulate, cull fish after virus detected.
Curious Gaps in the MLS Disciplinary Cull .
Racial Lens Used to Cull Curriculum in Arizona.
Southeast Seiners cull permit holders.
So the job of culling the deer will fall to the professionals.
PepsiCo to cull 8,700 jobs and invest an extra $600m in advertising.
Maintaining healthy deer populations in private, gated communities requires periodic thinning — or " culling " — of herds, according to wildlife management authorities.
The news of Cull 's departure follows a turbulent period for the holiday industry.
Will America cull people with Down syndrome.
High cull cow prices should continue in 2012.
Scientists found that culling older, larger prey fish can lead to more small fish for predators to dine on, even though the overall number of prey decline.
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In science:

One can also control, for example, the visibility with G4VisAttributes (Section 4.5); invisible touchables may then be suppressed (culled).
The Geant4 Visualisation System - a multi-driver graphics system
They include visibility (i.e., drawn or not if culling is active), colour, line width, line style, and the ability to “force” some modes of drawing, such as wireframe or with surfaces, regardless of the general user request.
The Geant4 Visualisation System - a multi-driver graphics system
Note: by default, culling is switched off so all volumes are seen. # Note: the mass calculation takes into account daughters, which can be time consuming.
The Geant4 Visualisation System - a multi-driver graphics system
We develop a method for evaluating the most likely distribution of such angles based on an observed set of position angles as seen on the sky plane, and apply our method to a data set culled from the literature.
An Investigation into the Geometry of Seyfert Galaxies
Srednicki for enjoyable collaborations from which this work is culled.
Searching for Supersymmetric Dark Matter
Srednicki for enjoyable collaborations from which this work is culled.
CDM in Supersymmetric Models
These measurements are also the most discrepant ones in the two combination data sets, so we drop them again when generating the culled combination data sets.
Median Statistics and the Mass Density of the Universe
Of course, not all large Nσ values are reduced to unity by this culling (although they can be by further culling): we are only discarding the most “discrepant” measurements to investigate the stability (robustness) of the constraints on ΩM0 .
Median Statistics and the Mass Density of the Universe
Results from the analyses of the culled data sets are shown in the lower half of Table 4.
Median Statistics and the Mass Density of the Universe
While these observations were strongly affected by clouds and mostly unsuccessful, we were able to cull 10 new galaxy velocities and confirmed another 4 of the lower S/N spectra from Paper 1.
The Cluster of Galaxies Surrounding Cygnus A II: New Velocities and a Dynamical Model
The output lists of sources detected, once culled for false hits, also includes subdwarfs of very high intrinsic velocity that are generally not as near as their main sequence counterparts, but are nevertheless interesting in their own right as tracers of the Galactic halo population.
The Solar Neighborhood XV: Discovery of New High Proper Motion Stars with mu >= 0.4"/yr between Declinations -47 degrees and 00 degrees
Though the processes like replication, culling of living species find different interpretation in quantum world, but still there are many processes which are not explained in terms of quantum theory.
Superposition and Entanglement: Pillars of Quantum Information Processing
The emission line spectrum radiated by the plasma is calculated using rate coefficients for electron impact collisional excitation culled from the references discussed later in this paper.
Atomic Data for X-ray Astrophysics
The final correction culls strands which share underlying points, whether in the reference or neighbor part, because their information is not completely independent.
Statistical Test for Dynamical Nonstationarity in Observed Time-Series Data
In contrast with Luri et al., Feast et al. (1998), also using a sample culled by vrad and µ, find µLMC=18.74±0.13; the source of the discrepancy between the two studies is not readily apparent.
The Distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud
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