Definitions

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  • n. A sieve.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sieve.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sift.
  • n. A sieve; a searce; a bolter; a strainer. See the quotation from “Notes and Queries.”

Etymologies

French tamis, or Dutch tems. Compare tamine. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They also made ‘tiffany cakes’ of wheaten flour, which was separated from the bran by being worked through a hair-sieve tiffany, or temse: — south of England

    Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine

  • These were oblong, trencher-shaped bowls about eighteen inches long; across the trough ran lengthwise a stick or rod on which rested the sieve, searse, or temse, when flour was sifted into the trough.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • One of those days I am advised by the smiling voteseeker who’s now snoring elued to positively strike off hiking for good and all as I bldy well bdly ought until such temse as some mood is made under privy-sealed orders to get me an increase of automoboil and foot-wear for these poor discalced and a bourse from bon Somewind for

    Finnegans Wake

  • Thames (or temse) on fire, "meant that hard work and active friction would set the wooden temse on fire.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

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