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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Winnow \Win"now\ (w[i^]n"n[-o]), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Winnowed} (w[i^]n"n[-o]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Winnowing}.] [OE. windewen, winewen, AS. windwian; akin to Goth. winpjan (in comp.), winpi-skauro a fan, L. ventilare to fan, to winnow; cf. L. wannus a fan for winnowing, G. wanne, OHG. wanna. [root]131. See {Wind} moving air, and cf. {Fan}., noun, {Ventilate}.]

1. To separate, and drive off, the chaff from by means of wind; to fan; as, to winnow grain.

Ho winnoweth barley to-night in the threshing floor. --Ruth. iii. 2.

2. To sift, as for the purpose of separating falsehood from truth; to separate, as bad from good.

Winnow well this thought, and you shall find This light as chaff that flies before the wind. --Dryden.

3. To beat with wings, or as with wings.[Poetic]

Now on the polar winds; then with quick fan Winnows the buxom air. --Milton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Winnowing \Win"now*ing\, noun The act of one who, or that which, winnows.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

winnowing

noun

1: the act of separating grain from chaff; "the winnowing was done by women" [syn: {winnow}, {winnowing}, {sifting}]


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