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Past tense for to separate or remove from a larger group or collection
“To winnow the wheat from the chaff and to prepare it in an easily digested shape for the tender stomachs of first- and second-year students taxes the resources of the most capable teacher.”
Past tense for to analyze or test by separating items having different values
“We arrived at a piece whose structure seemed effective but whose length was excessive, and so we began to winnow the data further.”
Past tense for to find or identify (a valuable or useful part of something)
“Analysts attempt to winnow a few kernels of truth from a mass of falsehood in order to construct a comprehensible mosaic from a swiftly flowing stream of uncertain data.”
Past tense for to blow upon, as with a fan or wings
“The birds winnow the air in a steady course, unlike the buoyant dashing flight of their relatives.”
Past tense for to sieve or strain (something)
Past tense for to place something or someone in a particular context
Past tense for to inspect carefully or in detail
Past tense for to gather or collect, typically what is left over
Past tense for to search determinedly for someone or something
Past tense for to cause to move or be apart
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