from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To put (flour, for example) through a sieve in order to separate the fine from the coarse particles.
- intransitive verb To distinguish as if separating with a sieve.
- intransitive verb To apply by scattering through a sieve.
- intransitive verb To examine and sort carefully.
- intransitive verb To make use of a sieve.
- intransitive verb To pass through a sieve.
- intransitive verb To make a careful examination.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Something that falls or passes as if from the meshes of a sieve; sifting or sifted material.
- 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
siftmeal, 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
siftsand 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
siftthe 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To separate with a sieve, as the fine part of a substance from the coarse
- transitive verb To separate or part as if with a sieve.
- transitive verb To examine critically or minutely; to scrutinize.
- transitive verb to search out with care, as if by sifting.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb To
- verb To
separateor scatter(things) as if by sieving.
- verb To
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb distinguish and separate out
- verb separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
- verb move as if through a sieve
- verb check and sort carefully
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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.
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].
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."
· 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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