Minnow vs Winnow - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between minnow and winnow
is that minnow
is a small freshwater fish of the carp family while winnow
is that which winnows or which is used in winnowing; a contrivance for fanning or winnowing grain.
As verbs the difference between minnow and winnow
is that minnow
is (fishing) to fish minnows while winnow
is (agriculture) to subject (granular material, especially food grain) to a current of air separating heavier and lighter components, as grain from chaff.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
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* (l), (l), (l) (obsolete)
A small freshwater fish of the carp family.
More generally, any small fish.
(football) A low-level team, in comparison to their opponents.
, date=January 29
, author=Chris Bevan
, title=Torquay 0 - 1 Crawley Town
, passage=Having spent more than £500,000 on players last summer, Crawley can hardly be classed as minnows
but they have still punched way above their weight and this kind of performance means no-one will relish pulling them out of the hat in Sunday's draw.}}
(fishing) to fish minnows
(fishing) to fish (especially trout) using a minnow as bait
(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.