verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of winnow
Examples from the Web for winnower
Historical Examples of winnower
While the artisans fought on the barricades he was painting “The Winnower.”
The payment to the winnower is at the rate of fourpence per five bushels.The Khedive's Country
George Manville Fenn
These she placed on a winnower, which in turn was set on a rice-mortar.The Tinguian
This accomplished, the grain is freed from chaff by tossing it in a winnower.The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao
The sale of his “Winnower” had brought him five hundred francs, and these five hundred francs gave him courage to defy the world.
- a device for winnowing
- the act or process of winnowing
Word Origin for winnow
Old English windwian, from wind "air in motion, paring down," see wind (n.1). Cognate with Old Norse vinza, Old High German winton "to fan, winnow," Gothic diswinþjan "to throw (grain) apart," Latin vannus "winnowing fan."