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Meaning of WINNOW

Pronunciation:  'winow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of separating grain from chaff; "the winnowing was done by women"
  2. [v]  remove by a current of air, as of chaff
  3. [v]  treat by exposure to a current of air so that waste matter is eliminated, as of grain
  4. [v]  separate from chaff; of grain; "She stood there winnowing all day in the field"
  5. [v]  blow on; "The wind was winnowing her hair"

WINNOW is a 6 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: fan, sifting, winnowing
 See Also: fan, process, remove, separation, sieve, sift, strain, take, take away, treat, withdraw



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Win"now\, v. i.
To separate chaff from grain.

      Winnow not with every wind.              --Ecclus. v.

Easton Bible Dictionary

Corn was winnowed, (1.) By being thrown up by a shovel against the wind. As a rule this was done in the evening or during the night, when the west wind from the sea was blowing, which was a moderate breeze and fitted for the purpose. The north wind was too strong, and the east wind came in gusts. (2.) By the use of a fan or van, by which the chaff was blown away (Ruth 3:2; Isa. 30:24; Jer. 4:11, 12; Matt. 3:12).