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WINNOW

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does winnow mean? 

WINNOW (noun)
  The noun WINNOW has 1 sense:

1. the act of separating grain from chaff

  Familiarity information: WINNOW used as a noun is very rare.


WINNOW (verb)
  The verb WINNOW has 4 senses:

1. separate the chaff from by using air currents
2. blow on
3. select desirable parts from a group or list
4. blow away or off with a current of air

  Familiarity information: WINNOW used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


WINNOW (noun)


Sense 1winnow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of separating grain from chaff

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

sifting; winnow; winnowing

Context example:

the winnowing was done by women

Hypernyms ("winnow" is a kind of...):

separation (sorting one thing from others)


WINNOW (verb)


Sense 1winnow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Separate the chaff from by using air currents

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

winnow; fan

Context example:

She stood there winnowing chaff all day in the field

Hypernyms (to "winnow" is one way to...):

sieve; sift; strain (separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 2winnow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Blow on

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context examples:

The wind was winnowing her hair / the wind winnowed the grass

Hypernyms (to "winnow" is one way to...):

fan (agitate the air)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3winnow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Select desirable parts from a group or list

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

cull out; winnow

Context examples:

cull out the interesting letters from the poet's correspondence / winnow the finalists from the long list of applicants

Hypernyms (to "winnow" is one way to...):

choose; pick out; select; take (pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 4winnow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Blow away or off with a current of air

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

winnow chaff

Hypernyms (to "winnow" is one way to...):

remove; take; take away; withdraw (remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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