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English noun: winnow

1. winnow (act) the act of separating grain from chaff

SamplesThe winnowing was done by women.

Synonymssifting, winnowing

Broader (hypernym)separation

English verb: winnow

1. winnow (contact) separate the chaff from by using air currents

SamplesShe stood there winnowing chaff all day in the field.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)sieve, sift, strain

2. winnow (motion) blow on

SamplesThe wind was winnowing her hair.
The wind winnowed the grass.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fan

3. winnow (cognition) select desirable parts from a group or list

SamplesCull out the interesting letters from the poet's correspondence.
Winnow the finalists from the long list of applicants.

Synonymscull out

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)choose, pick out, select, take

4. winnow (change) blow away or off with a current of air

SamplesWinnow chaff.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

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