What is another word for winnows?

97 synonyms found

Pronunciation:

[ wˈɪnə͡ʊz], [ wˈɪnə‍ʊz], [ w_ˈɪ_n_əʊ_z]

Winnowing is the process of separating grain from the chaff or separating the valuable part from the worthless. In the literary world, winnowing could represent filtering out the bad ideas from the good ones. If you need alternatives to the term, 'winnows', then consider one of the following synonyms: filter, sort, screen, sieve, cull, separate, sift, or refine. While these words may have slightly different nuances and can be used for different contexts, they all encompass the overall idea of separating what is valuable from what is not. Choosing the right term will ultimately depend on the context and the intended meaning.

Usage examples for Winnows

Opening their golden caskets to the sun, The buttercups make schoolboys eager run, To see who shall be first to pluck the prize- Up from their hurry see the Skylark flies, And oer her half-formed nest, with happy wings, winnows the air till in the cloud she sings, Then hangs a dust spot in the sunny skies, And drops and drops till in her nest she lies, Which they unheeded passed-not dreaming then That birds, which flew so high, would drop again To nests upon the ground, which anything May come at to destroy.
"Poems Chiefly From Manuscript"
John Clare
Her large fan winnows wind towards her heated faceneck and embonpoint.
"Ulysses"
James Joyce
It was a striking example of how the first blast of battle winnows the wheat from the chaff, and its best result was to give Paul Jones a command of his own.
"American Men of Action"
Burton E. Stevenson

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