Winnow \Win"now\ (w[i^]n"n[-o]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Winnowed (w[i^]n"n[-o]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Winnowing.] [OE. windewen, winewen, AS. windwian; akin to Goth. winpjan (in comp.), winpi-skauro a fan, L. ventilare to fan, to winnow; cf. L. wannus a fan for winnowing, G. wanne, OHG. wanna. [root]131. See Wind moving air, and cf. Fan., n., Ventilate.] [1913 Webster]
To separate, and drive off, the chaff from by means of wind; to fan; as, to winnow grain. [1913 Webster] Ho winnoweth barley to-night in the threshing floor. --Ruth. iii.
To sift, as for the purpose of separating falsehood from truth; to separate, as bad from good. [1913 Webster] Winnow well this thought, and you shall find This light as chaff that flies before the wind. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
To beat with wings, or as with wings.[Poetic] [1913 Webster] Now on the polar winds; then with quick fan Winnows the buxom air. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
Word Netwinnow n : the act of separating grain from chaff; "the winnowing was done by women" [syn: winnowing, sifting]
1 separate from chaff; "She stood there winnowing grain all day in the field" [syn: fan]
2 blow on; "The wind was winnowing her hair"
3 treat by exposure to a current of air so that waste matter is eliminated; "winnow grain"
4 remove by a current of air; "winnow chaff"
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- /'wɪn.no/, /"wIn.no/
- Rhymes: -ɪnəʊ
- To free or separate grain or the like from chaff or refuse matter, usually by means of wind.
- To move about with a flapping motion, as of wings; to flutter.
- To fan; set in motion by means of wind; specifically, to expose (grain) to a current of air in order to separate and drive off chaff, refuse particles, etc.
- To blow upon; to toss about by blowing.
- To separate, expel, or disperse by or as by fanning or blowing; to sift or weed out; to separate or distinguish, as one thing from another.
- To set in motion or vibration; to beat as with a fan or wings.
- To wave to and fro; to flutter; to flap.
- To pursue or accomplish with a waving or flapping motion, as of wings.
- Figuratively, to subject to a process analogous to the winnowing of grain; to separate into parts according to kind; to sift; to analyze or scrutinize carefully; to examine; to test.
- That which winnows or which is used in winnowing; a contrivance for fanning or winnowing grain.
winnow in German: Windsichten
winnow in French: Van (agriculture)
winnow in Dutch: Wan (mand)