|1.||to separate (grain) from (chaff) by means of a wind or current of air|
|2.||(tr) to examine in order to select the desirable elements|
|3.||archaic (tr) to beat (the air) with wings|
|4.||rare (tr) to blow upon; fan|
|5.||a. a device for winnowing|
|b. the act or process of winnowing|
|[Old English windwian; related to Old High German wintōn, Gothic diswinthjan, Latin ventilāre. See |
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).