Meaning of winnow
Pronunciation: (win'ō), [key]
- to free (grain) from the lighter particles of chaff, dirt, etc., esp. by throwing it into the air and allowing the wind or a forced current of air to blow away impurities.
- to drive or blow (chaff, dirt, etc.) away by fanning.
- to blow upon; fan.
- to subject to some process of separating or distinguishing; analyze critically; sift: to winnow a mass of statements.
- to separate or distinguish (valuable from worthless parts) (sometimes fol. by out): to winnow falsehood from truth.
- to pursue (a course) with flapping wings in flying.
- to fan or stir (the air) as with the wings in flying.
- to free grain from chaff by wind or driven air.
- to fly with flapping wings; flutter.
- a device or contrivance used for winnowing.
- an act of winnowing.
- winnow (Thesaurus)