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 for culture
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Culture \Cul"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cultured (-t?rd; 135);
     p. pr. & vb. n. Culturing.]
     To cultivate; to educate.
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           They came . . . into places well inhabited and
           cultured.                                --Usher.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Culture \Cul"ture\ (k?l"t?r; 135), n. [F. culture, L. cultura,
     fr. colere to till, cultivate; of uncertain origin. Cf.
     Colony.]
     1. The act or practice of cultivating, or of preparing the
        earth for seed and raising crops by tillage; as, the
        culture of the soil.
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     2. The act of, or any labor or means employed for, training,
        disciplining, or refining the moral and intellectual
        nature of man; as, the culture of the mind.
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              If vain our toil
              We ought to blame the culture, not the soil. --Pepe.
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     3. The state of being cultivated; result of cultivation;
        physical improvement; enlightenment and discipline
        acquired by mental and moral training; civilization;
        refinement in manners and taste.
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              What the Greeks expressed by their paidei`a, the
              Romans by their humanitas, we less happily try to
              express by the more artificial word culture. --J. C.
                                                    Shairp.
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              The list of all the items of the general life of a
              people represents that whole which we call its
              culture.                              --Tylor.
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     4. (Biol.)
        (a) The cultivation of bacteria or other organisms (such
            as fungi or eukaryotic cells from mulitcellular
            organisms) in artificial media or under artificial
            conditions.
        (b) The collection of organisms resulting from such a
            cultivation.
  
     Note: The growth of cells obtained from multicellular animals
           or plants in artificial media is called tissue
           culture.
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     Note: The word is used adjectively with the above senses in
           many phrases, such as: culture medium, any one of the
           various mixtures of gelatin, meat extracts, etc., in
           which organisms cultivated; culture flask, culture
           oven, culture tube, gelatin culture, plate culture,
           etc.
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     5. (Cartography) Those details of a map, collectively, which
        do not represent natural features of the area delineated,
        as names and the symbols for towns, roads, houses,
        bridges, meridians, and parallels.
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     Culture fluid, Culture medium a fluid in which
        microscopic organisms are made to develop, either for
        purposes of study or as a means of modifying their
        virulence. If the fluid is gelled by, for example, the use
        of agar, it then is called, depending on the vessel in
        which the gelled medium is contained, a plate, a slant, or
        a stab.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  culture
      n 1: a particular society at a particular time and place; "early
           Mayan civilization" [syn: culture, civilization,
           civilisation]
      2: the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social
         group
      3: all the knowledge and values shared by a society [syn:
         acculturation, culture]
      4: (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium
         (such as gelatin or agar); "the culture of cells in a Petri
         dish"
      5: a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or
         impeccable quality; "they performed with great polish"; "I
         admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"; "almost an
         inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is
         almost art"--Joseph Conrad [syn: polish, refinement,
         culture, cultivation, finish]
      6: the attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a
         particular social group or organization; "the developing drug
         culture"; "the reason that the agency is doomed to inaction
         has something to do with the FBI culture"
      7: the raising of plants or animals; "the culture of oysters"
      v 1: grow in a special preparation; "the biologist grows
           microorganisms"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  192 Moby Thesaurus words for "culture":
     Acheulean, Aurignacian, Azilian, Chellean, Eolithic, Neolithic,
     Paleolithic, Pre-Chellean, Solutrean, acculturation,
     acquired taste, agrarianism, agricultural geology, agriculture,
     agrology, agronomics, agronomy, appreciation of excellence,
     background, backset, bibliolatry, bibliomania, bluestockingism,
     book learning, book madness, bookiness, bookishness, booklore,
     breed, breeding, cation, choiceness, civility, civilization,
     civilized taste, civilizedness, class, classical scholarship,
     classicism, community, complex, contour farming, contour plowing,
     cultivate, cultivated taste, cultivating, cultivation,
     cultural drift, culture area, culture center, culture complex,
     culture conflict, culture contact, culture pattern, culture trait,
     customs, cut, daintiness, delicacy, delve, dig, dirt farming,
     discernment, discrimination, donnishness, dress, dressing,
     dry farming, dryland farming, education, elegance, enculturation,
     enlightenment, eruditeness, erudition, ethnic group, ethos,
     excellence, fallow, fallowing, farm, farm economy, farming,
     fastidiousness, fatten, feed, fertilize, finesse, folkways, force,
     fruit farming, furrowing, genteelness, gentility,
     gentlemanlikeness, gentlemanliness, gentleness, geoponics,
     good breeding, good taste, grace, gracefulness, gracility,
     graciosity, graciousness, grain farming, grow, harrow, harrowing,
     hatch, hoe, hoeing, humanism, humanistic scholarship, husbandry,
     hydroponics, intellectualism, intellectuality, intensive farming,
     keep, key trait, ladylikeness, learnedness, learning, letters,
     list, listing, literacy, mixed farming, mores, mulch, nation,
     nationality, niceness, nicety, nurture, pedantism, pedantry,
     people, plow, plowing, polish, prune, pruning, quality, race,
     raise, rake, ranch, reading, rear, refinement, run, rural economy,
     savoir faire, savoir-faire, scholarship, sharecropping,
     socialization, society, sophist, sophistication, spade,
     speech community, stock, strain, strip farming, suavity,
     subsistence farming, subtlety, tank farming, taste, tastefulness,
     thin, thin out, thinning, thremmatology, till, till the soil,
     tillage, tilling, tilth, trait, trait-complex, truck farming,
     urbanity, way of life, weed, weed out, weeding, work, working
  
  

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