culture-n; 7 Senses

Sense Number 1: way of life

Commentary: The greater way of life in a society, or in a subgroup (often called a subculture) of that society. Can involve food, religion, values and traditions, personal relationships, etc., in any combination.

Modern Europe is facing a tidal wave of Islamic culture.
Some people have problems with the commercialism of American culture.
The culture of the FBI needs to change if it wants to deal with terrorism.
There's a developing drug culture in the back alleys of Baltimore.
How is the culture of Japan different than the culture of the West?

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 2: a civilization

Commentary: Refers to the civilization as a whole, not just its way of life. Most often used with ancient or extinct civilizations.

I'm studying ancient cultures at the University of Michigan.
When the Spanish arrived in the New World, they encountered several Mesoamerican cultures.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 3: high society

Commentary: Refers specifically to art, etiquette, music, literature, and other 'highbrow' pursuits.

This painting is an example of "high culture".
People in Hong Kong are demanding more culture in their city.
Why don't you visit a museum and get yourself some culture?
I read the "Society and Culture" section of the newspaper, but I'm not a snob.
Paris in the 1950s had a very rich culture.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 4: cultivation

Commentary: CULTURE[+event] The practice of growing something-- usually bacteria, though plants or animals can also be involved.

The culture of this E.Coli specimen took only a few hours.
Much of the state's economy comes from the culture of oysters.
If you drop the Petri dish, you'll have to start your culture over again!

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 4 8

Sense Number 5: group of micro-organisms

Commentary: The product of cultivating micro-organisms, usually bacteria, in a nutrient medium.

There's a delicious macrobiotic culture in your yogurt.
When I looked through the microscope, I saw that my cell culture had been contaminated.
We were all jealous of Dr. Smith's rapidly-growing culture.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 6: accumulated knowledge

Commentary: The anthropologist's definition of culture; the scientific knowledge, language, religion, and physical comfort of a society.

Communication by language and the accumulation of culture have made Homo Sapiens superior to other animals.
The development of writing allowed culture to be spread and increased more rapidly.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 7: being refined

Commentary: CULTURE[+event] The quality of being polished or refined; being a part of high society. Highly-developed.

She's a person of great refinement and culture.
I admired the exquisite culture of his art.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 6