sieve(siv),USA pronunciationn., v.,sieved, siev•ing. n.
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.
to put or force through a sieve; sift.
bef. 900; Middle English sive, Old English sife; cognate with Dutch zeef, German Sieb; akin to sift
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
to pass or cause to pass through a sieve
(transitive) often followed byout: 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