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sieve

[siv] /sɪv/
noun
1.
an instrument with a meshed or perforated bottom, used for separating coarse from fine parts of loose matter, for straining liquids, etc., especially one with a circular frame and fine meshes or perforations.
2.
a person who cannot keep a secret.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), sieved, sieving.
3.
to put or force through a sieve; sift.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English sive, Old English sife; cognate with Dutch zeef, German Sieb; akin to sift
Related forms
sievelike, adjective
unsieved, adjective
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Examples for sieve
  • Traditionally, cooks sieve the broth and serve it separately from the meat.
  • Others filter seawater through a sieve or measure the location of floppy sea palms with a transit.
  • The sieve catches things too small for the divers to pick up individually, especially the seeds and other plant remains.
  • The contents of the pot are then filtered through a sieve lined with finely woven cotton or silk.
  • Strain broth through a fine-mesh sieve into a large pot, discarding solids.
  • Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a large bowl, gently pressing on solids, and discard solids.
  • Rinse rice in a sieve under cold running water until water runs clear.
  • Pour purée through a sieve into a bowl, pressing on solids with back of a spoon.
  • Immediately strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a metal bowl, pressing on and then discarding solids.
  • Line a large sieve with cheesecloth and set over a bowl.
British Dictionary definitions for sieve

sieve

/sɪv/
noun
1.
a device for separating lumps from powdered material, straining liquids, grading particles, etc, consisting of a container with a mesh or perforated bottom through which the material is shaken or poured
2.
(rare) a person who gossips and spreads secrets
3.
memory like a sieve, head like a sieve, a very poor memory
verb
4.
to pass or cause to pass through a sieve
5.
(transitive) often foll by out. to separate or remove (lumps, materials, etc) by use of a sieve
Derived Forms
sievelike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sife; related to Old Norse sef reed with hollow stalk, Old High German sib sieve, Dutch zeef
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Word Origin and History for sieve
n.

Old English sife "sieve," from Proto-Germanic *sib (cf. Middle Dutch seve, Dutch zeef, Old High German sib, German Sieb), from PIE *seib- "to pour out, sieve, drip, trickle" (see soap (n.)). Related to sift. The Sieve of Eratosthenes (1803) is a contrivance for finding prime numbers. Sieve and shears formerly were used in divinations.

v.

late 15c., from sieve (n.). Related: Sieved; sieving.

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Slang definitions & phrases for sieve

sieve

noun
  1. A leaky boat or ship: That frog-eating sieve
  2. simoleon or samoleon (sih MOH lee en)
  3. A dollar One who cannot keep a secret
Related Terms

have a mind like a sieve


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