from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To put (flour, for example) through a sieve or other straining device in order to separate the fine from the coarse particles.
- transitive v. To distinguish as if separating with a sieve: sifted the candidates for the job.
- transitive v. To apply by scattering with or as if with a sieve: sift sugar on a dessert.
- transitive v. To examine and sort carefully: sift the evidence.
- intransitive v. To make use of a sieve.
- intransitive v. To pass through or as if through a sieve: a meal that sifts easily.
- intransitive v. To make a careful examination: sifted through back issues of the magazine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To sieve or strain (something).
- v. To separate or scatter (things) as if by sieving.
- v. To examine (something) carefully.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To separate with a sieve, as the fine part of a substance from the coarse
- transitive v. To separate or part as if with a sieve.
- transitive v. To examine critically or minutely; to scrutinize.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause the finer parts of to pass through a sieve; part or separate the larger and smaller elements of, by shaking in a sieve; bolt: as, to sift meal, powder, sand, or lime; to sift the flour from the bran.
- To pass or shake through or from anything in the manner of a sieve; pour out or stir up loosely, like particles falling from a sieve: as, to sift sand through the fingers; to sift sugar upon a cake.
- To act upon or about as if by means of a sieve; examine with close scrutiny; subject to minute analysis: used with a great variety of applications: sometimes with out: as, to sift the good from the bad; to sift out the truth of the matter; to sift a proposition.
- Synonyms Sift, Bolt, Strain, Screen. Sift is used especially of action by means of a sieve, or of anything serving as a sieve, as an independent instrument; bolt, of the separation of meal and bran, or of the different grades of meal or flour, or the like, by the mechanism of a mill. Strain and screen are used of analogous action upon liquids and coarser solids.
- To pass or fall loosely or scatteringly, as if through the meshes of a sieve: as, the dust or the snow sifted through the crevices; the light sifts from the clouds.
- To practise detailed scrutiny or investigation; make close examination.
- n. Something that falls or passes as if from the meshes of a sieve; sifting or sifted material.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. distinguish and separate out
- v. separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
- v. move as if through a sieve
- v. check and sort carefully
As the syllables of Apatow's name sift through her mellifluous vocal chords, my pinball brain starts to tilt: You, Catherine Deneuve, are a Judd Apatow fan?
On Monday, as you no doubt already know, Tina Brown and Barry Diller launched The Daily Beast, a Web site that promises to "sift" and "curate" the unruly Internet.
The Maidstone 'sift' hasn't actually taken place yet.
HANSEN: And people knowing about your accident will tend to kind of sift through your next project to find out ` Where do we find these nuggets of his own experience in here? '
Some cute things that you used to have to actually go in person to kind of sift through and figure out.
And we have to, you know, kind of sift through the information.
In a later interview, Sayre repeated that he did "not recall that it was Alger's duty to 'sift' cables and digest them and make oral reports on contents."
Does not recall that it was Alger's duty to "sift" cables and digest them and make oral report on contents to Sayre [as Hiss claimed].
· The need to 'sift' the materials coming from China to screen out the bad while encouraging the high end manufacturers that produce superior quality ingredients.
We talked about how it let me "sift" through tons of news and noise and pick things out for my friends to read.
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