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winnow away

v.
1. To remove some material, such as chaff, from grain by means of a current of air: Modern machines can winnow away all the chaff very efficiently. The farmers winnow the chaff away by flinging the grain into the air with a large blanket.
2. To get rid of some unfit or undesirable part; eliminate something or someone: The process will winnow away the weakest candidates. The editor winnowed most of the errors away.
3. To reduce some group by separating or eliminating the unfit or undesirable part: The process winnowed away the field of candidates.
4. To remove some material from a mixture by means of a current of air or water: The wind has winnowed away the sand from the soil. Water currents pick up mud from the riverbank and winnow it away, exposing the rock.
See also: away, winnow

winnow out

v.
1. To separate some material, such as chaff, from grain by means of a current of air: The farmer winnows out the chaff with a machine. There is always some debris in the harvest, but we winnow it out.
2. To separate or get rid of some unfit or undesirable part; eliminate something or someone: The lions tend to winnow out the sick antelope. The political process will winnow the weakest candidates out.
3. To sort or select some fit or desirable part; extract someone or something: We winnowed out the top candidates from the rest and interviewed them. There are only a few good pieces of wood in this shipment, and it will take a long time to winnow them out.
4. To rid some group of unfit or undesirable members: The test winnowed out the applicant pool.
See also: out, winnow
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In the typical classroom, Winnowers and Builders, identified by their differential approach to problem solving, described working together effectively, each sharing a different set of skills.
Authors upload their finished work to the website, where it is then immediately available to be read and reviewed by the Winnower community.
In addition to published scientific papers, The Winnower will also feature two sections called "The Grain" and "The Chaff," which will give an in-depth look at famous and infamous scientific works.
The Winnower will charge a nominal fee of $100-dollars for each publication.
It is not easy to summarize the directory section, except to say it starts with blanchers and runs through curd-makers, labelling machines, capping equipment and pulpers to winnowers.