- noun the practice of killing a certain number of animals in order to keep the population under control
- verb to kill a certain number of animals in order to keep the population under control
- verb to remove hidden or distant objects from a three-dimensional scene or storage space, reducing processing time
- noun killing a certain number of living animals to keep the population under control or to remove excess animals from a herd or flock
- noun an animal that has been separated from the herd or flock and killed, usually because it is old or of poor quality
- verb to reduce the numbers of wild animals by killing them in a controlled way
- Building materials, especially bricks, that are discarded because of defects.
Origin & History of “cull”
Ultimately, cull is the same word as collect. It comes via Old French cuillir from Latin colligere ‘gather together’, whose past participial stem collēct- formed the original basis of English collect. The Latin verb was a compound formed from the prefix com- ‘together’ and legere ‘gather’ (source also of English elect, neglect, select, etc).