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winnow away

1. To use a current of air to blow chaff away from grain. A noun or pronoun can be used between "winnow" and "away." The revolutionary new machine promises to winnow away chaff much faster with a lower percentage of grain being lost or destroyed in the process. Before they had mechanical means, farmers had to rely on the wind to winnow chaff and other debris away.
2. To filter out and remove persons or things that are unfit, unwanted, or unreliable. A noun or pronoun can be used between "winnow" and "away." The grueling nature of these exams in meant to test the learning of up-and-coming doctors, as well as winnow away those who don't have the determination and resilience. The committee will first winnow the weakest applicants away before beginning to seriously examine those who might be accepted into the university. We'll subject your thesis to a panel of professors in order to winnow away any problems with logic or evidence.
3. To cause a group to become smaller by removing the least able or desirable people or things from it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "winnow" and "away." The company always takes on a large number of interns each summer, winnowing it away until only the most capable remain to be given work full time. Natural selection winnows out the population of animals, leaving behind those with the traits necessary to withstand the environment and its predators.
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winnow from (something)

1. To use a current of wind or air to separate grain from chaff. A noun or pronoun, especially "grain," is used between "winnow" and "from." The revolutionary new machine promises to winnow grain from chaff much more efficiently. Before they had mechanical means, farmers had to rely on the wind to winnow chaff and other debris away.
2. To select the most capable, desirable, or viable persons or things from a group, discarding the rest. A noun or pronoun is used between "winnow" and "from." The grueling nature of these exams in meant to winnow the best or most serious medical students from those who don't have what it takes to succeed. The committee will winnow the strongest applications from weakest.
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winnow out

1. To use a current of air to blow chaff away from grain. A noun or pronoun can be used between "winnow" and "out." The revolutionary new machine promises to winnow out chaff much faster with a lower percentage of grain being lost or destroyed in the process. Before they had mechanical means, farmers had to rely on the wind to winnow chaff and other debris out.
2. To filter out and remove persons or things that are unfit, unwanted, or unreliable. A noun or pronoun can be used between "winnow" and "out." The grueling nature of these exams in meant to test the learning of up-and-coming doctors, as well as winnow out those who don't have the determination and resilience. The committee will first winnow the weakest applicants out before beginning to seriously examine those who might be accepted into the university. We'll subject your thesis to a panel of professors in order to winnow out any problems with logic or evidence.
3. To select the most capable, desirable, or viable persons or things from a group, discarding the rest. A noun or pronoun can used between "winnow" and "out." Our application process already brings in the brightest the country has to offer, so our interview process has to winnow out the very best of the best. A good editor can winnow out the best parts of a manuscript while discarding or reshaping what doesn't work as well.
4. To cause a group to become smaller by removing the least able or desirable people or things from it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "winnow" and "out." The company always takes on a large number of interns each summer, winnowing it out until only the most capable remain to be given work full time. Natural selection winnows out the population of animals, leaving behind those with the traits necessary to withstand the environment and its predators.
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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.
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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.
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During the event, Winnow also introduced their AI-enabled product -- 'Vision' -- that lets kitchens "automatically track food wastage by leveraging AI".
Winnow's chief executive officer and co-founder, Marc Zornes, said the UAE hospitality sector was "leading the charge in the global fight against food waste".
Dh 10m savings per year for the UAE's hospitality industry with the use of Winnow Vision 'Highly accurate' Omar Sultan Al Olama
The launch of Winnow Vision follows the success of Winnow's first device, which consisted of a set of smart scales and identified food manually.
He said that daily adjustments are now made in the kitchen based on Winnow data, and that the cost savings from the lower volume of food waste since using the system have been partly funnelled back into high-quality ingredients and discounts for customers.
The farmers who rented his blower paid him two kilos of palay for every sack winnowed. Since one blower can winnow 200 cavans daily, that meant 400 kilos of palay rental every day, equivalent to eight cavans.
COUNTRYSIDE: In response to letters from people looking for small threshers, we have introduced the only machine on the market that both threshes and winnows grains or beans at up to 20 pounds per hour.
daffodils; de-vein the blood orange; winnow the grain from the vodka;
Snipe music during the breeding season typically occurs at dawn and dusk with two notable exceptions: On clear moonlit nights, the snipe bleats all night long, and when the barometric pressure drops, they winnow throughout the day (.and at lower altitudes).
Judy Hoover, the high school Guidance Department co-chairwoman, said college admissions personnel might use class ranks to winnow applications, but when it comes to actually considering a student for acceptance they will most likely look deeper into a student's transcripts.
Suncor, Canada's largest energy company, is selling the properties as its looks to winnow its holdings following its C$22.7 billion ($21.1 billion) purchase of Petro-Canada last year and raise cash to expand its Canadian oil sands production.
But Cook's setup is twice as sensitive, allowing him to winnow the limit even further.
Summary: The American people are going through an impressive exercise that they experience every four years, as they winnow down a large field of aspirants to two major presidential candidates, and then a new president in November.
They hope to use the technology to winnow out freeze-damaged fruit.
To satisfy top management ("do it faster, cheaper, customer-friendlier, and as profitably as ever"), chief underwriters must sift and winnow options that would scarcely have seen light of day a few decades ago.