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Noun: sieve  siv
  1. A strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles
    - screen
Verb: sieve  siv
  1. Examine in order to test suitability
    - screen, screen out, sort
  2. Check and sort carefully
    "sieve the information";
    - sift
  3. Separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
    "sieve the flour";
    - sift, strain
  4. Distinguish and separate out
    "sieve through the job candidates";
    - sift

Derived forms: sieves, sieved, sieving

See also: sieve out

Type of: analyse [Brit, Cdn], analyze [N. Amer], canvas, canvass, choose, examine, pick out, select, separate, strainer, study, take

Encyclopedia: Sieve