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Winnow

Win´now   Pronunciation: wĭn´nô
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Winnowed (wĭn"nôd); p. pr. & vb. n. Winnowing.]
1.To separate, and drive off, the chaff from by means of wind; to fan; as, to winnow grain.
2.To sift, as for the purpose of separating falsehood from truth; to separate, as bad from good.
3.To beat with wings, or as with wings.
v. i.1.To separate chaff from grain.
Winnow not with every wind.
- Ecclus. v. 9.
Noun1.winnow - the act of separating grain from chaff; "the winnowing was done by women"
Synonyms: sifting, winnowing
Verb1.winnow - separate from chaff; "She stood there winnowing grain all day in the field"
Synonyms: fan
2.winnow - blow on; "The wind was winnowing her hair"
3.winnow - treat by exposure to a current of air so that waste matter is eliminated; "winnow grain"
4.winnow - remove by a current of air; "winnow chaff"
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