Synonyms for winnow

Grammar : Verb
Spell : win-oh
Phonetic Transcription : ˈwɪn oʊ

Définition of winnow

Origin :
  • Old English windwian, from wind "air in motion, paring down," see wind (n.1). Cognate with Old Norse vinza, Old High German winton "to fan, winnow," Gothic diswinþjan "to throw (grain) apart," Latin vannus "winnowing fan."
  • verb blow away
Example sentences :
  • These had lived there so long as to be able to winnow the chaff and throw the refuse off.
  • Extract from : « Four Years in Rebel Capitals » by T. C. DeLeon
  • I winnow him; and if nothing but chaff results, whose fault is that?
  • Extract from : « A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II) » by Augustus de Morgan
  • This very night he is going to winnow barley on the threshing-floor.
  • Extract from : « The Children's Bible » by Henry A. Sherman
  • Water is then poured over her head three times through the winnow.
  • Extract from : « Castes and Tribes of Southern India » by Edgar Thurston
  • He has sown, but he has also to reap; and if reaping is done, he has to thresh and to winnow.
  • Extract from : « Talks To Farmers » by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • Come, friend, let us go and winnow the grain from the chaff.
  • Extract from : « The Talking Thrush » by William Crooke
  • As in dry Sahara, when the winds waken, and lift and winnow the immensity of sand!
  • Extract from : « The French Revolution » by Thomas Carlyle
  • Would you winnow a whole peck of chaff for only three good grains?
  • Extract from : « Pepper & Salt » by Howard Pyle
  • They crush the corn into meal, and thresh and winnow the beans, and dry the pumpkin for winter use.
  • Extract from : « I Married a Ranger » by Dama Margaret Smith
  • I wash out the sand, and pick out the gold; winnow away the chaff, and gather up the rich grains.
  • Extract from : « A Summer's Outing » by Carter H. Harrison

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