Winnows vs Minnows - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between winnows and minnows
is that winnows
is while minnows
As a verb winnows
(agriculture) To subject (granular material, especially food grain) to a current of air separating heavier and lighter components, as grain from chaff.
(figuratively) To separate, sift, analyze, or test in this manner.
- They winnowed the field to twelve.
- They winnowed the winners from the losers.
(literary) To blow upon or toss about by blowing; to set in motion as with a fan or wings.
* 1872 Elliott Coues, Key to North American Birds
- They winnowed the losers from the winners.
(intransitive, literary, dated) To move about with a flapping motion, as of wings; to flutter.
- Gulls average much larger than terns, with stouter build; the feet are larger and more ambulatorial, the wings are shorter and not so thin; the birds winnow the air in a steady course unlike the buoyant dashing flight of their relatives.
* Used with adverb or preposition "down"; see also winnow down.
* Used with adverbs or prepositions "through", "away", and "out".
* winnow down
* winnowing basket
* winnowing fan
* winnowing machine
* winnow sheet
* winnow grain from chaff
* winnow the wheat from the chaff
That which winnows or which is used in winnowing; a contrivance for fanning or winnowing grain.