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winnowing:

see threshingthreshing
or thrashing,
separation of grain from the stalk on which it grows and from the chaff or pod that covers it. The first known method was by striking the reaped ears of grain with a flail.
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Based on price action on August 7, it appears that the three major "safe haven" currencies have been winnowed down to two, following the surprisingly strong US non-farm payroll results.
NASA "has an appropriate level of detail" and has "very logically" winnowed a variety of lunar-return strategies, says John Logsdon, director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington, D.
What we thought interesting--more than interesting, intriguing--was to ask whether this list might be winnowed.
On the handgun side, I read comparatively until I winnowed it down to just a few.
She considers about 3,000 stories, which are winnowed out of 120 semifinalists that are then read by a guest editor, who selects the final 20 to be published.
Steam engines, with monikers like "the Young America," further winnowed the corps of firefighters into a group of professional, municipal employees.
The short list (short only in the most nominal sense) resulting from this research will be winnowed down in a series of increasingly rigorous review sessions until the curators arrive at the final lineup.
That list will be winnowed from 80 possibles: Five previous candidates not elected on earlier ballots and 75 builders, distributors, or engineers that have been suggested as prospective candidates.
The field was winnowed down to Robertson and a 15-year-old girl from Texas, said Brooks' uncle, Joe Robertson of Eugene.
Twenty-six applicants were winnowed to eight finalists by guest adjudicator Laura Faure, director of the Bates College Summer Dance Festival.
The team began by picking only those people who had a COPD diagnosis at the time of death, and winnowed that group further by selecting only people generally considered more vulnerable to pollutants--those older than 45 or younger than 1.
We winnowed the competition down to three finalists," says Sussman.