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sieve

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noun \ ˈsiv \

Definition of sieve

: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

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Origin and Etymology of sieve

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

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sieve

verb

Definition of sieve

sieved; sieving
:sift

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First Known Use of sieve

15th century



SIEVE Defined for English Language Learners

sieve

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noun

Definition of sieve for English Language Learners

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


sieve

verb

Definition of sieve for English Language Learners

  • : to put (something) through a sieve


SIEVE Defined for Kids

sieve

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noun \ ˈsiv \

Definition of sieve for Students

:a utensil with meshes or holes to separate finer particles from coarser ones or solids from liquids


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