winnowing

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The act of separating chaff from grain
Present participle of winnow
Winsome
One who, or that which, winnows; specifically, a winnowing machine
Cheerful; merry; gay; light-hearted
The season of the year in which the sun shines most obliquely upon any region; the coldest season of the year
The characteristic of being winsome; attractiveness of manner
Causing joy or pleasure; gladsome; pleasant
The period of decay, old age, death, or the like
To keep, fee
the act of separating grain from chaff; "the winnowing was done by women"
To pass the winter; to hibernate; as, to winter in Florida
A windrow
The act of one who, or that which, winnows
winnowing basket
A basket used to winnow rice or grain from the chaff
winnowing fan
A fan used while winnowing to blow the chaff off the grain
winnowing machine
A machine which winnows grain

Thus, then, have the St. Edmundsbury Monks, without express ballot-box or other good winnowing-machine, contrived to accomplish the most important social feat a body of men can do, to winnow out the man that is to govern them Ballot-boxes, Reform Bills, winnowing-machines: all these are good, or are not so good; — alas, brethren, how can these, I say, be other than inadequate, be other than failures, melancholy to behold?.

winnow
To subject (granular material, especially food grain) to a current of air separating heavier and lighter components, as grain from chaff
winnow
To move about with a flapping motion, as of wings; to flutter
winnow
To blow upon or toss about by blowing; to set in motion as with a fan or wings
winnow
To separate, sift, analyze, or test in this manner

They winnowed the losers from the winners.

winnow
{v} to fan, sift, part, separate, examin
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blow on; "The wind was winnowing her hair
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{i} act of winnowing; device for winnowing grain
winnow
{f} separate the grain from the chaff; separate the good from the bad; blow through; scatter; blow over; sift through, select the desirable parts
winnow
If you winnow a group of things or people, you reduce its size by separating the ones that are useful or relevant from the ones that are not. Administration officials have winnowed the list of candidates to three. to make a list, group, or quantity smaller by getting rid of the things that you do not need or want = whittle down
winnow
treat by exposure to a current of air so that waste matter is eliminated; "winnow grain"
winnow
To pursue or accomplish with a waving or flapping motion, as of wings
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separate from chaff; "She stood there winnowing grain all day in the field"
winnow
That which winnows or which is used in winnowing; a contrivance for fanning or winnowing grain
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remove by a current of air; "winnow chaff"
winnow
To set in motion or vibration; to beat as with a fan or wings
winnow
To sift, as for the purpose of separating falsehood from truth; to separate, as bad from good
winnow
To separate chaff from grain
winnow
To beat with wings, or as with wings
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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
winnow
the act of separating grain from chaff; "the winnowing was done by women" remove by a current of air; "winnow chaff" treat by exposure to a current of air so that waste matter is eliminated; "winnow grain" separate from chaff; "She stood there winnowing grain all day in the field" blow on; "The wind was winnowing her hair
winnow
blow on; "The wind was winnowing her hair"
winnow
To blow upon; to toss about by blowing
winnow
To separate, and drive off, the chaff from by means of wind; to fan; as, to winnow grain
winnow
the act of separating grain from chaff; "the winnowing was done by women"
winnow
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
winnow
To free or separate grain or the like from chaff or refuse matter, usually by means of wind
winnow
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
winnowing

    Turkish pronunciation

    wînōîng

    Pronunciation

    /ˈwəˌnōəɴɢ/ /ˈwɪˌnoʊɪŋ/

    Etymology

    [ 'wi-(")nO ] (verb.) before 12th century. Middle English winewen, from Old English windwian to fan, winnow; akin to Old High German wintOn to fan, Latin vannus winnowing fan, ventus wind; more at WIND.

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