sieve

noun
\ˈsiv \

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

In the months after, a team of firefighters, police and archaeologists sifted through tons of ashes, crawling on hands and knees with small trowels and six-millimeter sieves to find remains. Jenny Gross, WSJ, "A Year After Deadly Grenfell Blaze, One Fireman Is Still Plagued by Doubt," 16 June 2018 Add More Potting Mix Using a coarse wire-mesh sieve, sift a very fine (⅛-inch) layer of dry potting mix over the seeds. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "Microgreens—The Salad You Can Grow Inside Any Time Of The Year," 9 Nov. 2017 How, exactly, LaVine would have fit in a backcourt with fellow sieves De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield is a mystery only Vlade Divac can explain. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Grades: Bulls Matching Zach LaVine's Kings Offer Sheet Bitter Pill to Swallow," 7 July 2018 Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large pitcher or measuring glass, pressing on solids to extract as much juice as possible; discard solids. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "Salted Watermelon Juice," 2 July 2018 For a very silky texture, strain the soup one last time through a fine-mesh sieve. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Silky Sweet Corn Soup with Indian Coconut-Cilantro Chutney," 11 July 2018 Remove from heat, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and transfer to a storage container. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "A Brown Kitchen: Mango layer cake for a fresh summer treat," 11 July 2018 Strain the mixture into a container with a pour spout using a fine mesh sieve to remove any larger bits of coconut solids. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "This homemade coconut iced tea is positively dreamy," 27 June 2018 Defensive sieves or space-crimping bystanders can be fatal weaknesses against certain opponents. The Crossover Staff, SI.com, "NBA Draft Debate: Which Wing Would You Draft First?," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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have a memory/mind like a 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 \

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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