Definition of winnow in English:
- As, when grain is shaken and winnowed by fans and other instruments used in the threshing of corn, the close and heavy particles are borne away and settle in one direction, and the loose and light particles in another.
- A person in clean moccasins then ‘danced the rice’ treading on it to remove the hull and then tossing it into the air to winnow the chaff.
- The chaff is winnowed out by the activities of millions of independent actions.
- After all the grain have been removed from the mahangu heads this grain must be winnowed to remove the husks.
- Also you may occasionally see her out in the fields helping her mother, Memnet, crush and winnow the grain.
- Chris Waywell winnows the wheat from the chaff in this elusive subject.
- The court is now able to winnow the grain from the chaff, as the Photo Production reasoning is embodied in the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977, s. 9.
- It's easy to fall in love with particular images, even mediocre ones, but with time it also becomes easier to winnow the wheat from the chaff.
- To the extent that the FDA has helped winnow the mainstream drug market down to scientifically proven treatments, it has been a help rather than hindrance.
- Analysts attempt to winnow a few kernels of truth from a mass of falsehood in order to construct a comprehensible mosaic from a swiftly flowing stream of uncertain data.
- His distaste for hypotheses is the natural reaction of a man in possession of a far superior instrument for winnowing truth from error.
Old English windwian, from wind (see wind1).
wind from (Old English):
A word from an Indo-European root that also gave us Latin ventus, the source of vent (Late Middle English) and ventilate (Late Middle English). Winnow, windwian in Old English, is to use the wind to separate grain and chaff. To get wind of something comes from the idea of hunted animal picking up the scent of a hunter. The phrase wind of change was used by Harold Macmillan, British prime minister 1957–63, during a speech he made in Cape Town in 1960: ‘The wind of change is blowing through this continent, and, whether we like it or not, this growth of [African] national consciousness is a political fact.’ See also ill. For the differently pronounced verb see wand
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