WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
sieve /sɪv/USA pronunciation n., v., sieved, siev•ing.

n. [countable]
  • a utensil with a meshed or perforated surface used for separating larger pieces from smaller, fine pieces of loose matter, or for straining liquids to remove solid pieces.

  • v. [+ object]
  • to put or force through a sieve;
    sift:to sieve the flour.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    sieve /sɪv/ n
    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
    vb
    1. to pass or cause to pass through a sieve
    2. (transitive) often followed by out: to separate or remove (lumps, materials, etc) by use of a sieve
    Etymology: Old English sife; related to Old Norse sef reed with hollow stalk, Old High German sib sieve, Dutch zeef

    ˈsieveˌlike adj



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