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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Strain the broth through a fine-mesh sieve into a large saucepan or into airtight containers to store until ready to use. Los Angeles Times, "Charred Onion Broth," 24 July 2019 Strain ginger simple syrup through a fine mesh sieve. Dallas News, "Texas peaches are here! Try these 4 simple summer recipes," 20 July 2019 The defense won’t be as staunch as it’s being made out to be, and the offensive line has issues because Garett Bolles at left tackle is a sieve/holding machine. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kickin’ It with Kiz: Of all the strange things that could happen to Broncos in 2019, this might be the wackiest …," 13 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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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