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Windo(w, Win(n)ow, v. Also: wando, wondo, woundow. [ME and e.m.E. windwin (c1175), winndwenn (Orm), wyndowe(n (Wyclif), wyndo (c1420), window (1469), winnowe (1548), OE windwian. Cf. Wind v.] tr.To winnow (a crop, corn, wheat, etc.). b. With the grain which is separated in this process as the object. c. absol.pres. 1547 Blackfriars Perth 240.
Ane haill crop … to … be led to yard or barne to be thrashin, windoit, and dycht
1596–7 Misc. Spald. C. I 92.
Ther was na wind to window ony malt
1670 Ellon Presb. 189.
[She had been employed] to window the fermes
(b) 1549 Elgin Rec. I 96.
Quhatsumever persoun was apprehendit wandoand corne in the hie gett suld paye aucht schillingis
(c) 1567 Lothian P. MS (Reg. H.).
To wondo the pruf
(d) 1596 Dalr. I 95/9.
Quhen thay haue signet it [sc. corn], thay winnow it, quhen it is winnowit, thay grind it in a hand mil, quhilke properlie we call the queirnis
1650 Dumfr. & Galloway Soc. LI 52.
Returning againe to the said Agnes quhair shoe was winowing wheit
1696 Cramond Kirk S. IV 9 Nov.
He saw William Baleny's wife … winnowing beir to the pott
p.p. 1596 Dalr. I 95/9 (see (d) above).
1596–7 Misc. Spald. C. I 91.
Certan honest wemenn … com to thé to by malt, to quhom thow ansuerit, that thow hed nein windowit
b. 1601 Elgin Rec. II 94.
The Bischopmiln gangand and thai windoing schilling thair
c. 1687 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIII 176.
She wes woundowing in ane barne about Candlesmis

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