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sieve

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noun \ˈsiv\

Simple Definition of sieve

  • : a kitchen tool that has many small holes and that is used to separate smaller particles from larger ones or solids from liquids

Full Definition of sieve

  1. :  a device with meshes or perforations through which finer particles of a mixture (as of ashes, flour, or sand) of various sizes may be passed to separate them from coarser ones, through which the liquid may be drained from liquid-containing material, or through which soft materials may be forced for reduction to fine particles

Origin of sieve

Middle English sive, from Old English sife; akin to Old High German sib sieve


First Known Use: before 12th century

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sieve

verb

Simple Definition of sieve

  • : to put (something) through a sieve

Full Definition of sieve

sievedsiev·ing

  1. :  sift

15th Century

First Known Use of sieve

15th century



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