sift·​ing | \ ˈsif-tiŋ How to pronounce sifting (audio) \

Definition of sifting

1 : the act or process of sifting
2 siftings plural : sifted material

Examples of sifting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, Dearie apparently proposed that both sides complete their sifting of the documents and proposals for how to label them by Oct. 7. Maggie Haberman,, 19 Sep. 2022 The data was built from a digital sifting of public property records in all U.S. counties. The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Apr. 2022 Scallops — given a sifting of dehydrated porcini mushroom powder — came atop a raft of apple-cauliflower puree bolstered with sundried cherries and pancetta, making for a savory, Thanksgiving kind of complement. Rand Richards Cooper,, 3 July 2021 The children take turns dumping their baskets over a rudimentary sifting tool — a large piece of netting with a wooden frame — that reveals handfuls of mica, a shimmery mineral composite that’s been forming underground for hundreds of years. Lexy Lebsack,, 31 May 2020 No more sifting through your purse or makeup bag for your favorite lip gloss and liner, these see-thru organizers will keep your essentials in perfect view. Jennifer Ford, Essence, 9 Apr. 2020 Nonetheless, just as mud is a good place to find gold nuggets, Netflix, with some careful sifting, is a good place to find great movies, and a viewer with no other platforms at hand could keep busy and happy there for quite a while. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2020 Once the automated data-sifting is complete, human analysis takes over, Khan says. Eric Niiler, Wired, 25 Jan. 2020 This week has already seen a sifting of candidates, with dozens of M.P.s retiring. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of sifting

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Sep 2022

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“Sifting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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