resift

sift

[sift]
verb (used with object)
1.
to separate and retain the coarse parts of (flour, ashes, etc.) with a sieve.
2.
to scatter or sprinkle through or by means of a sieve: to sift sugar onto cake.
3.
to separate by or as if by a sieve.
4.
to examine closely: The detectives are still sifting the evidence.
5.
to question closely.
verb (used without object)
6.
to sift something.
7.
to pass or fall through or as if through a sieve.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English siften, Old English siftan; cognate with Dutch, Middle Low German siften; akin to sieve

outsift, verb (used with object)
presift, verb (used with object)
resift, verb (used with object)
unsifted, adjective


4. sort, scrutinize, inspect, search, probe.
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sift (sɪft)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to sieve (sand, flour, etc) in order to remove the coarser particles
2.  to scatter (something) over a surface through a sieve
3.  (tr) to separate with or as if with a sieve; distinguish between
4.  (tr) to examine minutely: to sift evidence
5.  (intr) to move as if through a sieve
 
[Old English siftan; related to Middle Low German siften to sift, Dutch ziften; see sieve]
 
'sifter
 
n

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sift
O.E. siftan "pass something through a sieve," related to sife (see sieve). Cf. Du. ziften, M.L.G. sichten, Ger. sichten "to sift." Metaphoric sense of "look carefully through" first recorded 1535.
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