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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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British Dictionary definitions for un sieved

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 un sieved
sieve
O.E. sife "sieve," from P.Gmc. *sibi (cf. M.Du. seve, Du. zeef, O.H.G. sib, Ger. Sieb), of unknown origin. Related to sift. The verb is recorded from 1499. Sieve and shears formerly were used in divinations.
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Slang definitions & phrases for un sieved

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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