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.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    sieve  (siv), 
    n., v., sieved, siev•ing. 

  • 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.
  • a person who cannot keep a secret.

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

    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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