Lexicon: winnow – wiseness

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winnow, v. [OE windwian, chaff; see wind, n.] (webplay: pouring, sift).

Sift; strain; separate the good and useful from the bad and useless; expose grain to the air to separate the chaff from the good.

winter, adj. [OE.]

  1. Cold; freezing; hibernal; polar; [fig.] adverse; painful.
  2. Later in time; further in life.

winter, n. [see winter, adj.] (webplay: climates, cold, February, January, latitudes, sun, tropical, wind, year).

  1. Desolation; bleakness; [fig.] death; absence of life.
  2. Coldest season of the year; period of cold weather from December 21st to March 21st in the northern hemisphere of the office.

winterworn, adj. [OE; see winter, n. + wear, v.]

Wasted; exhausted; exposed to the harsh conditions of winter.

wipe (wiping), v. [OE.] (webplay: hands).

  1. Stroke gently off; touch softly to remove tears.
  2. Clean; clear; remove by rubbing.

wisdom (-s), n. [OE.] (webplay: attempting, knowledge, learning, natural, sincere).

Knowledge; understanding; perception; comprehension; sense.

wise (-r), adj. [OE wís.] (webplay: accomplish, arts, choosing, containing, correctly, divination, godly, grave, hidden, know, learned, man, philosophy, science, show).

  1. Comprehending; competent; enlightened; sensible; gifted with understanding; capable of good judgment; having the power of discernment.
  2. Pious; godlike; righteous; religious; [kenning: “Wise Book”] Bible; Old and New Testaments.
  3. More mature; more understanding; more perceptive.
  4. Knowledgeable; intelligent; experienced; capable; possessing worldly learning.
  5. Phrase. “Wise Man / Wise Men”: holy one; man who has wisdom; [fig.] magi; guru; oracle; rabbi; sage; seer; prophet; visionary; holy teacher; divine messenger.

wise, adv. [OE.]

  1. Phrase. “opon this wise”: in this manner; with this condition; for this purpose; because of this.
  2. Phrase. “as wise”: just as well; with similar effect; [irony] fruitlessly; in vain; with the same lack of results.

wise, n. [OE.]

Seer; most intelligent person; one who usually possesses great discernment; [object of the verb “deceives” in the word order inversion.]

wiseness, n. [see wise, adj.]

Wisdom; sapience; understanding; knowledge; perception.