cull

To cull means to select or gather. If you decide to make a literary anthology, you must cull the best possible stories and then arrange them in a pleasing manner.

When you use cull as a verb, the things you gather can be the good or bad ones from a group. In your garden, you can cull the good vegetables for dinner, or the rotten ones for the compost pile. In fact, often no judgment of quality is made, as when you cull information from the Internet for your next research project. The sorting through will come later. However, if you use the word as a noun, a cull is a selection of things you intend to reject, often in reference to a group of animals. An outbreak of a disease such as foot-and-mouth disease can cause authorities to order a cull of farm pigs.

Primary Meanings of cull

1.
vn
remove something that has been rejected
the person or thing that is rejected or set aside as inferior in quality
2.
v
look for and gather
Full Definitions of cull
1

v remove something that has been rejected

cull the sick members of the herd”
Type of:
get rid of, remove
dispose of

n the person or thing that is rejected or set aside as inferior in quality

Synonyms:
reject
Type of:
deciding, decision making
the cognitive process of reaching a decision
2

v look for and gather

Synonyms:
pick, pluck
Types:
mushroom
pick or gather mushrooms
berry
pick or gather berries
blackberry
pick or gather blackberries
Type of:
collect, garner, gather, pull together
assemble or get together

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