Winnow vs Flail - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between winnow and flail
is that winnow
is (agriculture) to subject (granular material, especially food grain) to a current of air separating heavier and lighter components, as grain from chaff while flail
is to beat using a flail or similar implement.
As nouns the difference between winnow and flail
is that winnow
is that which winnows or which is used in winnowing; a contrivance for fanning or winnowing grain while flail
is a tool used for threshing, consisting of a long handle with a shorter stick attached with a short piece of chain, thong or similar material.
(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.
A tool used for threshing, consisting of a long handle with a shorter stick attached with a short piece of chain, thong or similar material.
A weapon which has the (usually spherical) striking part attached to the handle with a flexible joint such as a chain.
* 1631 —
*: When in one night, ere glimpse of morn,
His shadowy flail hath threshed the corn
That ten day-labourers could not end;
* 1816 —
*: Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail
* 1842 —
*: On him alone the curse of Cain
Fell, like a flail on the garnered grain,
And struck him to the earth!
* 1879 — , ch V
*: If the farmer must use the spade because he has not capital enough for a plough, the sickle instead of the reaping machine, the flail instead of the thresher...
To beat using a flail or similar implement.
To wave or swing vigorously
* 1937 , ,
To move like a flail.
- He stopped in his tracks – then, flailing his arms wildly in the air, began to stagger backwards.
- He was flailing wildly, but didn't land a blow.