[n] the raising of plants or animals; "the culture of oysters"
[n] (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar); "the culture of cells in a Petri dish"
[n] the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group
[n] all the knowledge and values shared by a society
[n] a particular society at a particular time and place; "early Mayan civilization"
[n] a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality; "they performed with great polish"; "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"; "almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"--Joseph Conrad
[n] (bacteriology) the product of cultivating micro-organisms in a nutrient medium