cull

[kuhl]
verb (used with object)
1.
to choose; select; pick.
2.
to gather the choice things or parts from.
3.
to collect; gather; pluck.
noun
4.
act of culling.
5.
something culled, especially something picked out and put aside as inferior.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English coilen, cuilen, cullen < Anglo-French, Old French cuillir < Latin colligere to gather; see collect1

culler, noun
outcull, verb (used with object)
overcull, verb (used with object)
unculled, adjective

call, caul, cull (see synonym study at call).


2. glean, extract. 3. garner, winnow.
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cull (kʌl)
 
vb
1.  to choose or gather the best or required examples
2.  to take out (an animal, esp an inferior one) from a herd
3.  to reduce the size of (a herd or flock) by killing a proportion of its members
4.  to gather (flowers, fruit, etc)
5.  to cease to employ; get rid of
 
n
6.  the act or product of culling
7.  an inferior animal taken from a herd or group
 
[C15: from Old French coillir to pick, from Latin colligere; see collect1]

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Word Origin & History

cull
early 14c., originally "put through a strainer," from O.Fr. coillir "collect, gather, select," from L. colligere "gather together," originally "choose, select" (see collect).
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Slang Dictionary

cull definition


  1. n.
    a socially unacceptable person. : This place is so filled with culls! Let's split.
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Example sentences
Bot aficionados scour poker manuals and online forums to cull the best
  strategies.
Most quake researchers cull the whale's booming calls from their seafloor
  recordings.
It's one of the jobs of a skilled scientific illustrator to cull the visual
  chaff and focus attention on the subject at hand.
The idea is to cull fuel-thirsty, polluting drivetrains.
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