Definition of WINNOW

noun : WINNOW

Source: WordNet 3.1

verb : WINNOW

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) separate the chaff from grain by using air currents; "She stood there winnowing grain all day in the field" ;

  • 2. (

    ) blow on; "The wind was winnowing her hair"; "the wind winnowed the grass" ;

  • 3. (

    ) 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. (

    ) blow away or off with a current of air; "winnow chaff"; "The speaker ceased to be an amusing little gnat to be fanned away and was kicked off the forum" ;


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