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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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