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 for Winnow
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Winnow \Win"now\ (w[i^]n"n[-o]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Winnowed
     (w[i^]n"n[-o]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Winnowing.] [OE. windewen,
     winewen, AS. windwian; akin to Goth. winpjan (in comp.),
     winpi-skauro a fan, L. ventilare to fan, to winnow; cf. L.
     wannus a fan for winnowing, G. wanne, OHG. wanna. [root]131.
     See Wind moving air, and cf. Fan., n., Ventilate.]
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     1. To separate, and drive off, the chaff from by means of
        wind; to fan; as, to winnow grain.
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              Ho winnoweth barley to-night in the threshing floor.
                                                    --Ruth. iii.
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     2. To sift, as for the purpose of separating falsehood from
        truth; to separate, as bad from good.
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              Winnow well this thought, and you shall find
              This light as chaff that flies before the wind.
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     3. To beat with wings, or as with wings.[Poetic]
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              Now on the polar winds; then with quick fan
              Winnows the buxom air.                --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Winnow \Win"now\, v. i.
     To separate chaff from grain.
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           Winnow not with every wind.              --Ecclus. v.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of separating grain from chaff; "the winnowing was
           done by women" [syn: winnow, winnowing, sifting]
      v 1: separate the chaff from by using air currents; "She stood
           there winnowing chaff all day in the field" [syn: winnow,
      2: blow on; "The wind was winnowing her hair"; "the wind
         winnowed the grass"
      3: select desirable parts from a group or list; "cull out the
         interesting letters from the poet's correspondence"; "winnow
         the finalists from the long list of applicants" [syn: cull
         out, winnow]
      4: blow away or off with a current of air; "winnow chaff"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  123 Moby Thesaurus words for "winnow":
     aerate, air, air out, air-condition, air-cool, airify, analyze,
     appraise, assess, bolt, catalog, categorize, choose out, clarifier,
     clarify, class, classify, clear, colander, comb, contradistinguish,
     cordon, cordon off, cradle, cribble, cross-ventilate, cull,
     cull out, decide between, decrassify, demarcate, demark, depurate,
     differentiate, discriminate, distill, distinguish, divide,
     draw the line, edulcorate, elute, essentialize, evaluate, excerpt,
     extract, factor, fan, filter, filtrate, freshen, gauge, ghettoize,
     gin, glean, group, handpick, identify, insulate, isolate,
     keep apart, keep aside, lay aside, leach, lixiviate, lixiviator,
     make a selection, mark the interface, oxygenate, oxygenize,
     percolate, percolator, pick, pick out, purifier, purify, put aside,
     quarantine, rectify, refine, refiner, refinery, refresh, riddle,
     rocker, ruffle, screen, screen out, seclude, segregate, select,
     separate, set a limit, set apart, set aside, set off, sever,
     severalize, sieve, sieve out, sift, sift out, sifter, single out,
     sort, sort out, spiritualize, split hairs, strain, strainer,
     subdivide, sublimate, sublime, subtilize, thrash, thrash out,
     thresh, try, ventilate, weigh, wind, winnowing basket,
     winnowing fan, winnowing machine

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     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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