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

Definition of sifting

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

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Landlubber options include an excellent half-pound burger paved with Gruyère and enlivened by tarragon mayo, the accompanying fries given a sifting of Cajun spices. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: Brizo in Rocky Hill," 10 July 2019 Not that Ferrell was averse to a careful re-sifting of the historical evidence. James Grant, WSJ, "Robert H. Ferrell, a Historian of Breadth and Clarity," 17 Aug. 2018 Inconsistent sifting and finding targets as move blocker. Nathaniel Cline,, "Ian Thomas, Indiana TE: NFL Draft 2018 (video)," 8 Mar. 2018 The sifting process, completed on a rainy day 18 months ago, culminated in the midst of a dense forest 40 miles southeast of Portland and 12 miles southeast of Estacada. Jamie Hale,, "The Oregonian visited the state's first nudist colony in 1935 -- and got an eyeful," 20 June 2017 From our sifting -- we found-- parts of the device itself, wiring. CBS News, ""48 Hours: NCIS:" The Terrorists, The Spies, The Hackers," 30 May 2017 But before that can happen, there is sifting to do. Alison Smale, New York Times, "European Refugee and Migrant Crisis," 27 Apr. 2016 Yet performance art is found in Laib’s ritualistic gathering, sifting and pouring. Associated Press, WIRED, "Achew! Oooh, It’s Art," 20 June 2001

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First Known Use of sifting

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sifting was in the 15th century

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an act or instance of editing or removing

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