Definitions for: Sieve

[n] a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles
[v] distinguish and separate out; "sift through the job candidates"
[v] separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour"
[v] check and sort carefully; "sift the information"
[v] examine in order to test suitability; "screen these samples"; "screen the job applicants"

Webster (1913) Definition: Sieve, n. [OE. sive, AS. sife; akin to D. zeef, zift,
OHG. sib, G. sieb. [root]151a. Cf. Sift.]
1. A utensil for separating the finer and coarser parts of a
pulverized or granulated substance from each other. It
consist of a vessel, usually shallow, with the bottom
perforated, or made of hair, wire, or the like, woven in
meshes. ``In a sieve thrown and sifted.'' --Chaucer.

2. A kind of coarse basket. --Simmonds.

Sieve cells (Bot.), cribriform cells. See under

Synonyms: screen, screen, screen out, sift, sift, sort, strain

See Also: analyse, analyze, canvass, choose, choose, examine, fan, pick out, pick out, pick over, resift, rice, riddle, riddle, screen, select, select, separate, sieve out, sifter, strainer, study, take, take, winnow

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