WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
sieve /sɪv/USA pronunciation
n., v., sieved, siev•ing.
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
- 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
Etymology: Old English sife; related to Old Norse sef reed with hollow stalk, Old High German sib sieve, Dutch zeefˈsieveˌlike adj
- to pass or cause to pass through a sieve
- (transitive) often followed by out: to separate or remove (lumps, materials, etc) by use of a sieve
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