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Definition of sieve

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: 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


sieved; sieving

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Examples of sieve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Place a kitchen sieve or strainer over container that will hold the lemonade, and pour mixture through, catching stray pulp., "Recipe: Grilled Lemon Lemonade," 13 July 2020 Cool the syrup completely, then strain through a sieve if using delicate fresh herbs such as basil or mint, pressing on the leaves to extract as much flavor as possible. cleveland, "Create your own simple syrup for the best summer drinks," 6 July 2020 Strain through a fine sieve, then add vinegar and mix in. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Socializing on the Fourth of July? What event pros know to make your party safer," 30 June 2020 Strain custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Casey Barber, Better Homes & Gardens, "Road Trip Eats: Recipes Inspired By Route 66," 26 June 2020 Remove from the heat and pass through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Jessica Battilana,, "Vanilla pudding recipe with roasted rhubarb is a cool bowl of comfort," 12 June 2020 Pour the sauce through a fine sieve directly over the patties and serve immediately. Susan Puckett, ajc, "Japanese cuisine beyond sushi and yakitori," 3 June 2020 If yours looks pebbly, sift it through a fine-mesh sieve. Los Angeles Times, "Craving the best fudgy brownie? We’ve got you with this flourless recipe.," 15 Apr. 2020 Place the onions in a sieve or colander and place in the sink., "Recipe: Quick Pickled Onions," 18 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Blowdown spruce sieved the current, and the willows on the gravel bars were beginning to turn. Peter Heller, Outdoor Life, "When Wilderness is a Catch-22," 17 Feb. 2020 Note: Passata is a packaged, sieved tomato and is sold in jars and cans at area stores., "Recipe: Anna’s Cresc’tajat Pasta with Beans," 4 Dec. 2019 This mechanism was there to sieve out candidates who might challenge Beijing’s authority over sovereignty. Christine Loh, Time, "Hong Kong People Know That They Are Better Than Their Current Politics," 7 Sep. 2019 Shoveling aside nearly half a meter of old goat droppings and sieving through sediment, the team unearthed the nearly complete skull of an enigmatic human ancestor, the oldest member of the genus that eventually led to our own. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Stunning ancient skull shakes up human family tree," 28 Aug. 2019 Fold ½ cup of sieved flour into egg mixture until no flour shows. Illyanna Maisonet,, "How my hankering for brazo gitano led to a Stockton cherry orchard," 16 Aug. 2019 After getting permission from the Wallace family, CBS opened their 60 Minutes archives for the very first time, allowing Belkin to sieve through thousands of hours of footage. Sara Merican, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mike Wallace Is Here' Filmmaker: Doc Tells a "Bigger Story" About Broadcast Journalism," 31 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of sieve


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sieve


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

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“Sieve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sieve

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



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

: to put (something) through a sieve


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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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