Definition of Winnow
(transitive, agriculture) To subject (granular material, especially food grain) to a current of air separating heavier and lighter components, as grain from chaff. | (transitive, figuratively) To separate, sift, analyze, or test by separating items having different values. | (transitive, literary) To blow upon or toss about by blowing; to set in motion as with a fan or wings. | (intransitive, literary, dated) To move about with a flapping motion, as of wings; to flutter. | That which winnows or which is used in winnowing; a contrivance for fanning or winnowing grain.
How to use Winnow in Sentences?
- 1. With the aid of this book he managed to winnow down the doubtful firms to five or six. 🔊
- 2. As, for instance, a farmer desires a brisk breeze to winnow his grain; and mariners, to blow them out of the reach of pirates. 🔊
- 3. They proposed, whenever they could gain power, to winnow the chaff from the wheat, and they probably destined the chaff to swift destruction. 🔊
- 4. Oh, winnow all my folly, and you'll find A grain or two of truth among the chaff! 🔊