Definition of Winnow

1. Noun. The act of separating grain from chaff. "The winnowing was done by women"

Exact synonyms: Sifting, Winnowing
Generic synonyms: Separation
Derivative terms: Sift

2. Verb. Separate the chaff from by using air currents. "She stood there winnowing chaff all day in the field"
Exact synonyms: Fan
Generic synonyms: Sieve, Sift, Strain
Derivative terms: Winnowing

3. Verb. Blow on. "The wind winnowed the grass"
Generic synonyms: Fan

4. Verb. Select desirable parts from a group or list. "Winnow the finalists from the long list of applicants"
Exact synonyms: Cull Out
Generic synonyms: Choose, Pick Out, Select, Take

5. Verb. Blow away or off with a current of air. "Winnow chaff"
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw

Definition of Winnow

1. v. t. To separate, and drive off, the chaff from by means of wind; to fan; as, to winnow grain.

2. v. i. To separate chaff from grain.

3. v. t. To separate, and drive off, the chaff from by means of wind; to fan; as, to winnow grain.

4. v. i. To separate chaff from grain.

Definition of Winnow

1. Verb. (transitive agriculture) To subject (granular material, especially food grain) to a current of air separating heavier and lighter components, as grain from chaff. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive figuratively) To separate, sift, analyze, or test in this manner. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive literary) To blow upon or toss about by blowing; to set in motion as with a fan or wings. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive literary dated) To move about with a flapping motion, as of wings; to flutter. ¹

5. Noun. That which winnows or which is used in winnowing; a contrivance for fanning or winnowing grain. ¹

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Definition of Winnow

1. to free grain from impurities [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Winnow

winning post
winning streak
winning streaks
winning ways
winnow (current term)
winnow sheet
winnow sheets
winnow the wheat from the chaff
winnowing basket
winnowing baskets
winnowing fan
winnowing fans
winnowing machine
winnowing machines

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