sieve

noun
\ ˈsiv How to pronounce sieve (audio) \

Definition of sieve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

sieve

verb
sieved; sieving

Definition of sieve (Entry 2 of 2)

: sift

Examples of sieve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The excavated soil is washed through a sieve, which traps small stones that are examined for gems. Paul Tullis, National Geographic, "How the sapphire trade is driving lemurs toward extinction," 6 Mar. 2019 Strain broth in pot through fine-mesh sieve, discarding any remaining solids; transfer back to pot, press Sauté and bring mixture to a simmer. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Instant Pot Chicken Soup," 21 Dec. 2018 Strain through a fine sieve into a container with a cover. John Besh, House Beautiful, "Shrimp and Andouille Over Grits Warms You Right Up," 17 Nov. 2015 Blend in a high speed blender and pass thru a fine sieve. Fox News, "Recipes for your Caribbean themed party," 3 June 2013 Computing was an accompaniment to life, rather than the sieve through which all ideas and activities must filter. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "I Wrote This on a 30-Year-Old Computer," 11 June 2019 Quinn Cook remained a defensive sieve and Jonas Jerebko was a turnstile. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Kyle Lowry and the Factors That Allowed His Return to Form," 7 June 2019 Rinse the rice under cold running water in a fine-mesh sieve until the water no longer turns cloudy. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Jaggery, tamarind and ghee: Nik Sharma sets a multicultural, seasonal table," 16 Oct. 2018 Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a lidded glass jar. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Leslie Kirchhoff, Ice Cube Artist, Shares 3 Spring Cocktail Recipes," 14 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Evidence suggests that these prehistoric grains were gathered, ground, sieved, kneaded, and then baked, in a similar process as today’s. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Archeologists Find World's Oldest Bread," 17 July 2018 Solution: The key to smoothing it out is sieving it. Mandy Major, Woman's Day, "10 Common Cooking Mistakes—Solved," 11 May 2011 Recently six men sieving it for an hour with a 100-foot net came up with only two dozen four-inch creatures that elsewhere would be called crappies and catfish. New York Times, "Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs," 18 June 2018 Social media have helped bring on a new era, enabling individuated encounters with the news that confirm biases and sieve out contravening facts. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The End of Reality," 8 Apr. 2018 Submerge sieve in liquid, add miso and gochujang to sieve, and stir to liquefy both, then press through strainer until pastes are dissolved. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Spicy Kimchi Miso Soup," 19 Feb. 2017 Submerge sieve in liquid, add miso to sieve, and stir to liquefy miso, then press through strainer until miso is dissolved. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Green Miso Soup With Soba," 19 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of sieve

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sieve

Noun

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

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sieve

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sieve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of sieve (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put (something) through a sieve

sieve

noun
\ ˈsiv How to pronounce sieve (audio) \

Kids Definition of sieve

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

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