1. That which winnows or which is used in winnowing; a contrivance for fanning or winnowing grain.


  1. To subject (granular material, especially food grain) to a current of air separating heavier and lighter components, as grain from chaff.
  2. To separate, sift, analyze, or test in this manner.
    They winnowed the field to twelve.
    They winnowed the winners from the losers.
    They winnowed the losers from the winners.
  3. To blow upon or toss about by blowing; to set in motion as with a fan or wings.
  4. To move about with a flapping motion, as of wings; to flutter.

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