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 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,, "The Makeup Industry’s Darkest Secret Is Hiding In Your Makeup Bag," 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 Best Makeup Organizers For Decluttering Your Vanity," 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, "What to Stream: Forty of the Best Movies on Netflix Right Now," 4 Apr. 2020 Once the automated data-sifting is complete, human analysis takes over, Khan says. Eric Niiler, Wired, "An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan Virus," 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, "Boris Johnson Gambles Brexit on a General Election," 30 Oct. 2019 The sharply dueling narratives showed that the impeachment battle will be one of bitter political messaging as much as impartial sifting of evidence. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "Trump allies and Democrats trade blistering attacks over impeachment," 29 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of sifting

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jun 2020

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“Sifting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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