from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pressure-blower used to send a blast through screens upon which grain is falling to clean it from the chaff and dust; a winnowing-machine.


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  • But fort after fort fell beneath the new claimant's superior artillery, until La Tour le Borgne himself was met by a counter-force of bigotry, before which his own was as chaff to the fanning-mill.

    Acadia or, A Month with the Blue Noses

  • Liberalism by constituencies was swept out as clean as a barn floor at fanning-mill time.

    The Masques of Ottawa

  • Count the cogs on the wheels of a fanning-mill, washing-machine, apple-parer, or egg-beater, and determine how the direction or rate of the motion is changed thereby.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study

  • We meet in the Chinese section with the original of our fanning-mill or winnowing-machine for grain.

    Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878

  • The fanning-mill, porcelain and the _cheng_ may be fairly credited to her.

    Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878

  • The dust of the fanning-mill was on his face and his clothes.

    Purple Springs

  • Many a farmyard, with its binders, rakes, drills, rollers, gasoline engine, fanning-mill, and steam-plow looks as if someone had been giving a machinery shower; but in the kitchen you will find the old washboard and dasher churn, which belonged to the same era as the reaping hook and tallow candle.

    In Times Like These

  • No matter what the occasion, a christening, wedding or funeral, a logging, a threshing, a home-coming or a parting, the finishing of a new house or the buying of a new harness or fanning-mill, any one of these was ample grounds for one of their "talking bees"; so it was easy to set the wheels a-running.

    Two Little Savages Being the adventures of two boys who lived as Indians and what they learned

  • The rye can be fairly well separated from the vetch by use of a fanning-mill or an endless belt of felt so inclined that the round vetch seed will roll down, while the rye sticks to the felt and is carried over.

    Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement

  • You're going to ask forgiveness for all your damn tricks, and pray like a fanning-mill for the spirit to come down.

    Northern Lights, Complete


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