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Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to winnow

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to winnow (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To free or separate grain or the like from chaff or refuse matter, usually by means of wind.
  2. (intransitive) To move about with a flapping motion, as of wings; to flutter.
  3. (transitive) 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.
  4. (transitive) To blow upon; to toss about by blowing.
  5. (transitive) 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.
  6. (transitive) To set in motion or vibration; to beat as with a fan or wings.
  7. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (transitive) To wave to and fro; to flutter; to flap.
  8. (transitive) To pursue or accomplish with a waving or flapping motion, as of wings.
  9. (transitive) 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.

Derived terms

Noun

Singular
winnow

Plural
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winnow ({{{1}}})
  1. That which winnows or which is used in winnowing; a contrivance for fanning or winnowing grain.

References

  • "winnow" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

winnow” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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