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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.


Synonymsfan


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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