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Definition 1: the act of separating grain from chaff - [noun denoting act]

Samples where winnow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the winnowing was done by women

Synonyms for winnow in the sense of this definition

(winnow is a kind of ...) sorting one thing from others

"the separation of wheat from chaff" "the separation of mail by postal zones"

Definition 2: blow away or off with a current of air - [verb of change]

Samples where winnow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • winnow chaff
  • The speaker ceased to be an amusing little gnat to be fanned away and was kicked off the forum

Synonyms for winnow in the sense of this definition

(winnow is a kind of ...) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

"remove a threat" "remove a wrapper" "Remove the dirty dishes from the table" "take the gun from your pocket" "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

Definition 3: select desirable parts from a group or list - [verb of cognition]

Samples where winnow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cull out the interesting letters from the poet's correspondence
  • winnow the finalists from the long list of applicants

Synonyms for winnow in the sense of this definition

(winnow is a kind of ...) pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

"Take any one of these cards" "Choose a good husband for your daughter" "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"

Definition 4: separate the chaff from grain by using air currents - [verb of contact]

Samples where winnow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She stood there winnowing grain all day in the field

(winnow is a kind of ...) separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements

"sift the flour"

Definition 5: blow on - [verb of motion]

Samples where winnow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The wind was winnowing her hair
  • the wind winnowed the grass

(winnow is a kind of ...) agitate the air

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