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Definition to select from among many — sometimes what is desired; sometimes to eliminate that which is not wanted
  • They cull the deer twice a year to assure their numbers can be sustained.
cull = select for elimination
  • I culled the information from numerous sources.
  • culled = selected
  • She has to cull the sick members of the herd.
  • cull = select to remove
  • In it he painstakingly entered the information culled from reports the private detective delivered each day to Judge Ford's office:
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • culled = selected (from among many)
  • In the 1930s, America was infatuated with the pseudoscience of eugenics and its promise of strengthening the human race by culling the "unfit" from the genetic pool.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • culling = selecting to eliminate
  • He is so gentle, yet so wise; his mind is so cultivated, and when he speaks, although his words are culled with the choicest art, yet they flow with rapidity and unparalleled eloquence.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • culled = selected
  • Each herb must be found in its den, harvested at its time, grubbed up from the dirt, culled and stripped, washed and prepared.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • culled = selected from among many
  • At Ma's dresser, Kya meant only to cull the remnants of the drawers, but as she picked up her mother's brass-and-steel scissors—the finger holes curled and shaped with intricate patterns of lilies—she suddenly pulled back her hair, not trimmed since Ma left more than seven years ago, and cut off eight inches.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • cull = select what is desired
  • Louie was never more than an inch from juvenile hall or jail, and as a serial troublemaker, a failing student, and a suspect Italian, he was just the sort of rogue that eugenicists wanted to cull.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • cull = select for elimination
  •   No, madam; we have cull'd such necessaries
      As are behoveful for our state to-morrow.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • cull'd = selected from among many
  •   I do remember an apothecary—
      And hereabouts he dwells,—which late I noted
      In tatter'd weeds, with overwhelming brows,
      Culling of simples. ...
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • culling = selecting from among many
  • What he had burned had been nothing more than an illusion with a title page on top , blank pages interspersed with written rejects and culls.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Cull me, Marcia had written.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • The seriousness of such an occasion is directly proportionate to the number of bodily emissions you are asked to cull for analysis.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • They were brandishing crude weapons culled from the debris of construction: jagged shards of glass, torn-off chunks of rebar, concrete blocks.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Cut off my hair, took my clothes, and put me in a pen outside with the others for a culling.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • With the candles she'd finished boxed for transport to her shop, she began to set the ones she'd culled out on shelves.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • They use the plagues to cull the population of weak genes, the same way the Trials pick out the strongest.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
  • "Hey, cull," he called in loud voice, "ain't ye goin' to cough up a drink?"
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • The term comes from the fourteenth-century French trier, "to pick or cull," and was first used to describe the sorting of wool according to its quality.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains

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