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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Winnower One who, or that which, winnows; specifically, a winnowing machine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n winnower One who winnows; also, an apparatus for winnowing.
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In literature:

And when that happens to a man it is as if his soul were winnowed by the wind of an archangel's wings.
"Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man" by Marie Conway Oemler
Part of the grass, having been recently cut, lay in winnows and cocks on the field.
"The Yankee Tea-party" by Henry C. Watson
Go to my uncle's, where you'll get a bellyfull, and a comfortable bed of straw, and a winnow-cloth in the barn.
"Willy Reilly The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
On the morning in question, Mogue and Jerry Joyce had been engaged in winnowing a large quantity of wheat in the barn.
"The Tithe-Proctor The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
After the calm the storm came, after the storm the rough winds and winnowed skies.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Think of the winnowers, tossing the grain into the wind.
"Hebrew Life and Times" by Harold B. Hunting
From dawn till sunset he ploughs, or sows, or reaps, or threshes, or winnows.
"A Bird Calendar for Northern India" by Douglas Dewar
This accomplished, the grain is freed from chaff by tossing it in a winnower.
"The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao" by Fay-Cooper Cole
The winnowing is at harvest-time, not before.
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
Close upon that he winnowed a third.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Now, if so, why winnow such chaff?
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
But the star men's thoughts and memories had been winnowed at last and the result spread before this impromptu council.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
The seed should be carefully winnowed before putting it on the market.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
Butel-Dumont describes the sieves and winnowing fans of the Louisiana Indians.
"Prehistoric Textile Art of Eastern United States" by William Henry Holmes
I like to have them winnowed before they are uttered.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Their thoughts are selected, winnowed in their books.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
At one operation it cuts the grain, threshes it, winnows it, and puts it into bags ready for the market.
"Great Inventions and Discoveries" by Willis Duff Piercy
Think of threshing with the flail and winnowing with the wind.
"Ingersollia" by Robert G. Ingersoll
He shall winnow and sift it.
"Practical Religion" by John Charles Ryle
Why deliberate about a horse-churn, when they were resolved against a winnowing-machine?
"Knowledge is Power:" by Charles Knight

In poetry:

And so I walked, but not alone,
Right glad companionship had I,
On that gray meadow waste between
Dim-litten sea and winnowed sky.
"Companioned" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
She winnowed whiteness. Radiance' self
Had touched the common day,
Silvered the world with some rare dawn
That was her spirit's ray.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
And over and over Carrowmore
'T will be ever thus, meseems,--
Like the winnow of wings o'er Carrowmore
The surge of the tide of dreams!
"Carrowmore" by Clinton Scollard
For still the Lord alone is God
The pomp and power of tyrant man
Are scattered at his lightest breath,
Like chaff before the winnower's fan.
"The Legend of St. Mark" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And as all men deem, dearest, you may be
Only a common shell
Chance-winnowed by the sea-winds from the sea –
The subtle murmurs of eternity.
"The Illusion of Love" by Sarojini Naidu
This world had music, its own swift emotion
Like water and the wind running,
Or corn that a winnower in rhythmic motion
Fans with fiery cunning.
"A Carrion" by Allen Tate

In news:

Whether it's a significant other refusing to hug you or a coworker winnowing the air after you pass, the lingering effects of a cigar-smoking session are not always appreciated.
Chilmark selectmen winnow down Tea Lane Farmstead candidates.
It is time to winnow the books.
Oakland County Executive L Brooks Patterson wants political parties use a lottery to winnow the number of candidates running to serve the last two months of former US Rep Thaddeus McCotter's term.
Iowa isn't the place to winnow candidates.
Debate Over, Iowa Prepares To Winnow GOP Field.
Cast your vote for levy measure and a ' winnow ' race for Aug 16 primary election.
Plans to Winnow UN Nuke Monitors.
The Division of Motor Vehicles is ready to winnow permanent license plates the state of North Carolina will keep issuing to local governments and rescue squads, but no longer to orphanages or churches.
(AP) — The Division of Motor Vehicles is ready to winnow permanent license plates the state of North Carolina will keep issuing to local governments and rescue squads, but no longer to orphanages or churches.
Week 14 in the NFL was a sobering one for Super Bowl contenders, serving to significantly winnow the field with the start of the playoffs still three weeks away.
Almost 850 films were entered in the dramatic competition alone, a number the judges had to winnow to 16.
A potentially crowded Virginia gubernatorial race has in recent days essentially winnowed down to just two men — Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) and businessman Terry McAuliffe (D).
Over five months, judges winnowed down the contestants to 22 semifinalists who were invited to New York to sing.
How to winnow the field.

In science:

Radio continuum surveys detect a wide range of galaxy types and can be cross-correlated with infrared surveys to winnow candidate lists at low latitudes.
Conference Summary: Mapping the Hidden Universe
Verification is formulated as a classification problem with two classes - faces and nonfaces. For classification we used SNoW (Sparse Network of Winnows) classifier. For gathering nonface templates we used bootstrap method.
Computerized Face Detection and Recognition
Faces were detected using normalized correlation based pre-detector and templates-based SNoW (Sparse Network of Winnows) verificator.
Computerized Face Detection and Recognition
Winnowing: local algorithms for document fingerprinting.
Coordinated Weighted Sampling for Estimating Aggregates Over Multiple Weight Assignments
Schemes that continually winnow packets before queues are filled (e.g.
DIP: Disruption-Tolerance for IP
In Appendix 10, we will develop the theory of ‘winnowability’ of p-concept classes for its own sake.
A Full Characterization of Quantum Advice
In the second stage, our goal is just to winnow S ′ down to a particular function f .
A Full Characterization of Quantum Advice
Definition 32 (Winnowability) S is winnowable if for al l nonempty subsets S ′ ⊆ S, there exists a certificate C of size poly (n) such that |S ′ [C ]| = 1.
A Full Characterization of Quantum Advice
Then |S | ≤ 2poly(n) iff VCdim (S ) ≤ poly (n) iff S is learnable iff S is approximable iff S is majority-isolatable iff S is winnowable.
A Full Characterization of Quantum Advice
For |S | ≤ 2poly(n) =⇒Winnowable, let S ′ ⊆ S .
A Full Characterization of Quantum Advice
Then as in the proof of Lemma 3, we can use binary search to winnow S ′ down to a single function f ∈ S ′, which yields a certificate of size at most log2 |S ′ | ≤ log2 |S |.
A Full Characterization of Quantum Advice
For Winnowable=⇒ |S | ≤ 2poly(n), we prove the contrapositive.
A Full Characterization of Quantum Advice
In this appendix, we look more closely at the problem solved by Lemma 10 (the ‘Safe Winnowing Lemma’), and ask in what senses it is possible to winnow a p-concept class down to ‘essentially’ just one function.
A Full Characterization of Quantum Advice
Definition 34 (Winnowability) A p-concept class S is L1 -winnowable if the fol lowing holds.
A Full Characterization of Quantum Advice
Likewise, S is L2 -winnowable if ∆2 (f, g) [X ] ≤ δ implies ∆∞ (f, g) ≤ ε, and L∞ -winnowable if ∆∞ (f, g) [X ] ≤ δ implies ∆∞ (f, g) ≤ ε.
A Full Characterization of Quantum Advice