a person or thing that sifts.
a kitchen implement for sifting: a flour sifter.

1570–80; sift + -er1 Unabridged
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sift (sɪft)
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]

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Example sentences
Almost any container with a wire-mesh screen bottom will serve as a sifter.
We will construct a prototype electrically operated sifter having a series of
  stacked screens of appropriate mesh sizes.
The bottom of the mill that houses the reel-type sifter was removed.
Pour the contents from the paper plate into the sifter with the medium mesh.
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