1. [ verb ] separate from chaff
Synonyms: fan

"She stood there winnowing grain all day in the field"

Related terms: sift
2. [ verb ] remove by a current of air, as of chaff
Related terms: remove
3. [ verb ] separate wheat from chaff

"She stood there winnowing all day in the field"

Related terms: separate
4. [ verb ] treat by exposure to a current of air so that waste matter is eliminated, as of grain
Related terms: process
5. [ verb ] blow on

"The wind was winnowing her hair"

Related terms: fan
6. [ noun ] the act of separating grain from chaff
Synonyms: sifting winnowing

"the winnowing was done by women"

Related terms: separation sift
Similar spelling:   Winn