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v. win·nowed, win·now·ing, win·nows
1. To separate the chaff from (grain) by means of a current of air.
2. To blow (chaff) off or away.
3. To examine closely in order to separate the good from the bad; sift: The judges winnowed a thousand essays down to six finalists.
a. To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate: winnowing out the errors in logic.
b. To sort or select (a desirable part); extract: The investigators winnowed the facts from the testimony.
5. To blow on; fan: a breeze winnowing the tall grass.
1. To separate grain from chaff.
2. To separate the good from the bad.
1. A device for winnowing grain.
2. An act of winnowing.
[Middle English winnewen, alteration of windwen, from Old English windwian, from wind, wind; see wind1.]
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1. (Agriculture) to separate (grain) from (chaff) by means of a wind or current of air
2. (tr) to examine in order to select the desirable elements
3. (Zoology) (tr) archaic to beat (the air) with wings
4. (tr) rare to blow upon; fan
a. a device for winnowing
b. the act or process of winnowing
[Old English windwian; related to Old High German wintōn, Gothic diswinthjan, Latin ventilāre. See wind1]
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1. to free (grain) of chaff by fanning with wind or a forced current of air.
2. to drive or blow (chaff, dirt, etc.) away by fanning.
3. to blow upon; fan.
4. to subject to some process of separating or distinguishing; analyze critically; sift: to winnow a mass of statements.
5. to separate or distinguish (valuable from worthless parts) (sometimes fol. by out): to winnow fact from fiction.v.i.
6. to free grain from chaff by wind or driven air.n.
7. a device used for winnowing.
8. an act of winnowing.
[before 900; Middle English win(d)wen (v.), Old English windwian, derivative of wind wind1]
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Past participle: winnowed
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To clean grain by throwing it, shovelful by shovelful, against the wind.
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|Noun||1.||winnow - the act of separating grain from chaff; "the winnowing was done by women"|
separation - sorting one thing from others; "the separation of wheat from chaff"; "the separation of mail by postal zones"
|Verb||1.||winnow - separate the chaff from by using air currents; "She stood there winnowing chaff all day in the field"|
|2.||winnow - blow on; "The wind was winnowing her hair"; "the wind winnowed the grass"|
fan - agitate the air
|3.||winnow - select desirable parts from a group or list; "cull out the interesting letters from the poet's correspondence"; "winnow the finalists from the long list of applicants"|
|4.||winnow - blow away or off with a current of air; "winnow chaff"|
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winnow something or someone out separate, part, screen, select, divide, sort out, comb, sift, cull Most of the faulty products were winnowed out by these processes.
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hreinsa hismi úr korni meî blæstri
winnow[ˈwɪnəʊ] VT → aventar
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to separate the chaff from (the grain) by wind. wan يُذَرّي، يُغَرْبِل пресявам poeirar / soprar provívat worfeln skille avner fra korn ved at kaste det op i luften λιχνίζωaventar tuulama غربال کردن tuultaa vanner לְנַפּוֹת फटकना rešetati, lučiti rostál menampi hreinsa hismi úr korni með blæstri spulare 吹き分ける (곡물 등을) 까불러(키질하여) 가려내다 vėtyti vētīt mengangin; menampi wannenrense korn ved blåsing przewiać (zboże) poeirar a vântura отвеивать (pre)osiať, previať vejati vrći žito vanna, skilja, sålla พัดหรือเป่าเอาแกลบข้าวออก; ร่อนข้าว harman/tahıl savurmak 簸除穀殼 віяти; відсівати ہوا کے ذریعے بھوسا اڑا کر غلہ صاف کرنا sàng 扬（谷物）
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