WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
sieve /sɪv/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  sieved, siev•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. 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]
  1. to put or force through a sieve;
    sift:to sieve the flour.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
sieve  (siv),USA pronunciation n., v.,  sieved, siev•ing. 
  1. an instrument with a meshed or perforated bottom, used for separating coarse from fine parts of loose matter, for straining liquids, etc., esp. one with a circular frame and fine meshes or perforations.
  2. a person who cannot keep a secret.

v.t., v.i. 
  1. to put or force through a sieve;
sievelike′, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English sive, Old English sife; cognate with Dutch zeef, German Sieb; akin to sift

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
  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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