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.
a person who cannot keep a secret.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), sieved, sieving.
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
(rare) a person who gossips and spreads secrets
memory like a sieve, head like a sieve, a very poor memory
to pass or cause to pass through a sieve
(transitive) often foll by out. to separate or remove (lumps, materials, etc) by use of a sieve
Old English sife; related to Old Norse sef reed with hollow stalk, Old High German sib sieve, Dutch zeef
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.