winnow
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈwɪnoʊ/
  • (British) IPA: /ˈwɪnəʊ/
Verb

winnow (winnows, present participle winnowing; past and past participle winnowed)

  1. (transitive, agriculture) To subject (granular material, especially food grain) to a current of air separating heavier and lighter components, as grain from chaff.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To separate, sift, analyze, or test by separating items having different values.
    They winnowed the field to twelve.
    They winnowed the winners from the losers.
    They winnowed the losers from the winners.
  3. (transitive, literary) To blow upon or toss about by blowing; to set in motion as with a fan or wings.
    • 1872 Elliott Coues, Key to North American Birds
      Gulls average much larger than terns, with stouter build; the feet are larger and more ambulatorial, the wings are shorter and not so thin; the birds winnow the air in a steady course unlike the buoyant dashing flight of their relatives.
  4. (intransitive, literary, dated) To move about with a flapping motion, as of wings; to flutter.
Translations Translations Noun

winnow (plural winnows)

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