Definitions for: Sift


[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] move as if through a sieve; "The soldiers sifted through the woods"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sift, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sifted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Sifting.] [AS. siftan, from sife sieve. [root]151a. See
Sieve.]
1. To separate with a sieve, as the fine part of a substance
from the coarse; as, to sift meal or flour; to sift
powder; to sift sand or lime.

2. To separate or part as if with a sieve.

When yellow sands are sifted from below, The
glittering billows give a golden show. --Dryden.

3. To examine critically or minutely; to scrutinize.

Sifting the very utmost sentence and syllable.
--Hooker.

Opportunity I here have had To try thee, sift thee.
--Milton.

Let him but narrowly sift his ideas. --I. Taylor.

To sift out, to search out with care, as if by sifting.

Synonyms: sieve, sieve, strain

See Also: analyse, analyze, canvass, choose, examine, fan, go, locomote, move, pick out, pick over, resift, rice, riddle, screen, select, separate, sieve out, study, take, travel, winnow

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