Definition - winnowing

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winnowing
  1. blow away or off with a current of air; "winnow chaff"
  2. select desirable parts from a group or list; "cull out the interesting letters from the poet's correspondence"; "winnow the finalists from the long list of applicants"
  3. the act of separating grain from chaff; "the winnowing was done by women"
  4. separate the chaff from by using air currents; "She stood there winnowing chaff all day in the field"
  5. blow on; "The wind was winnowing her hair"; "the wind winnowed the grass"