v. [tr.] (usu. be culled)
select from a large quantity; obtain from a variety of sources:
anecdotes culled from Greek and Roman history.
reduce the population of (a wild animal) by selective slaughter.
send (an inferior or surplus animal on a farm) to be slaughtered.
pick (flowers or fruit):
[as adj.] (culled)
fresh culled daffodils.
a selective slaughter of wild animals.
∎ [usu. as adj.]
an inferior or surplus livestock animal selected for killing:
a cull cow.
To remove objects from a complex computer-graphics
computation on the basis of a quicker test. For example, if the front faces of a cube are hidden by another object, all the geometry of the cube can be omitted from the calculation. See also back-face detection
select, pick XV; gather XVII. Earlier co(i)le
and (rare) cuyl
(XIV). — OF. coilli(e)r
, (also mod.) cueillir
, repr. L. colligere
(see COLLECT 2), Rom. *colgere
, cull, dull, gull, hull, lull, mull, null, scull, skull, Solihull, trull, Tull
•seagull • multihull • monohull
•numbskull • Elul
a selection; those beasts taken out of a herd for a special purpose.
Examples: cull of fat cows, 1858; of sheep, 1880.