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Definition of "cull" []

  • To pick out from others; select. (verb-transitive)
  • To gather; collect. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove rejected members or parts from (a herd, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • Something picked out from others, especially something rejected because of inferior quality. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cull" in a sentence
  • "A severe cull is required at these ranks for fiscal purposes alone."
  • "In your comments, a number of you were quick to point out that the wolf cull is not about sport or fair chase, but rather about wildlife management — an entirely different thing."
  • "The cull is something that only comes every couple of years, and that's generally when all available space has finally run out and my wife refuses to let my dragon's hoard of books spill into another room."