Winnow

Definition of 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.
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.
Now on the polar winds; then with quick fan
Winnows the buxom air.
- Milton.
v. i.1.To separate chaff from grain.
Winnow not with every wind.
- Ecclus. v. 9.

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