Dictionary Results for winnow


1. winnow - noun

· the act of separating grain from chaff; "the winnowing was done by women"

Synonym(s): winnowing, sifting

Hypernym(s): separation




2. winnow - verb

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

Hypernym(s): sift, sieve, strain




3. winnow - verb

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

Hypernym(s): fan




4. winnow - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): cull_out

Hypernym(s): choose, take, select, pick_out




5. winnow - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): fan

Hypernym(s): remove, take, take_away, withdraw





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