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winnowmore about winnow


  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Winnow  \Win"now\,  v.  i. 
  To  separate  chaff  from  grain. 
  Winnow  not  with  every  wind.  --Ecclus.  v. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  the  act  of  winnowing  [syn:  {winnowing},  {sifting}] 
  v  1:  separate  from  chaff;  of  grain  [syn:  {fan}] 
  2:  blow  on  "The  wind  was  winnowing  her  hair" 
  3:  separate  wheat  from  chaff;  "She  stood  there  winnowing  all 
  day  in  the  field" 
  4:  treat  by  exposure  to  a  current  of  air  so  that  waste  matter 
  is  eliminated,  as  of  grain 
  5:  remove  by  a  current  of  air,  as  of  chaff 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  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). 

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