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 Pour the egg mixture through a sieve into a shallow heatproof bowl (the one McKinnon uses is about 7 inches wide). Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 July 2021 Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain mixture into a bowl; discard strawberries. Erika Dugan, Good Housekeeping, 10 June 2021 Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain the pudding back into the measuring cup, pressing on the solids with a rubber spatula. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Puree until smooth, and strain through a fine sieve (may be held at room temperature for one hour before using). Dallas News, 1 June 2021 To make the strawberry puree, simply blend up strawberries and strain them with a fine sieve to get rid of the seeds and any leaves that may have snuck in. Abigail Abesamis Demarest, Forbes, 23 May 2021 The Baikal telescope looks down, through the entire planet, out the other side, toward the center of our galaxy and beyond, essentially using Earth as a giant sieve. Star Tribune, 8 Apr. 2021 The Baikal telescope looks down, through the entire planet, out the other side, toward the center of our galaxy and beyond, essentially using Earth as a giant sieve. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2021 In a fine mesh sieve, rinse the rice with cold water until the water runs clear. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Skim muddled basil off with slotted spoon or sieve, garnish with the remaining 5 basil leaves. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Place a colander or sieve over a bowl and add the artichoke quarters, letting their oil drain into the bowl. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2021 Since being challenged by Lue after last Sunday’s sieve-like effort in New Orleans, the Clippers have strung together three consecutive performances in which their defense offered greater resistance. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2021 The developers building the tunnel, Pearson said, will be allowed to sieve as little as one percent of the topsoil. Roff Smith, National Geographic, 12 Nov. 2020 Harrison is a run-stuffing defensive tackle, which may or may not help the Seahawks' sieve-like pass defense that is allowing an NFL-worst 362.1 passing yards a game and overall is allowing 455.8 total yards a game, last in the NFL. oregonlive, 13 Nov. 2020 Put soup through a food mill or sieve, removing cloves. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, 7 Oct. 2020 The Heat only trailed by 10 points heading into the fourth quarter despite showing the sieve-like defense of the ’88 Dolphins. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, 2 Oct. 2020 By using water and sieve flotation techniques, the team discovered pieces of plant tissue among the charcoal. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Mar. 2020

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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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More Definitions for sieve

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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