verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of winnow
Related formswin·now·er, nounun·win·nowed, adjective
Examples from the Web for winnowing
Winnowing down countless artifacts to compile A History of New York in 101 Objects was challenging enough.
Winnowing it down to the 10 best series was a near-impossible task.The Best TV Shows of 2013: ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ and More|Kevin Fallon|December 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Each one represents the endpoint of a long process of winnowing, pruning and perfecting, driven entirely by the market.
Well, it performs more of a winnowing function in GOP contests, where the evangelical vote can be as high as 40 percent.Iowa Caucuses Are as Distorted as a Funhouse Mirror|Howard Kurtz|January 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It should not be winnowing candidates at this stage in the game.
The winnowing basket was used to work off the chaff from the threshed grain.
I cannot but think a winnowing time will come after this ingathering of souls.
One or two mortarsful is thus threshed and put aside on a winnowing tray.The Bontoc Igorot|Albert Ernest Jenks
Butel-Dumont describes the sieves and winnowing fans of the Louisiana Indians.Prehistoric Textile Art of Eastern United States|William Henry Holmes
In one corner stood a heap of straw and a winnowing machine, under which half a dozen rats scampered as we came in.Sporting Society, Vol. II (of 2)|Various
British Dictionary definitions for winnowing
- a device for winnowing
- the act or process of winnowing