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Noun: sifting  sif-ting
  1. The act of separating grain from chaff
    "the sifting was done by women";
    - winnow, winnowing
Verb: sift  sift
  1. Move as if through a sieve
    "The soldiers sifted through the woods"
  2. Separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
    "sift the flour";
    - sieve, strain
  3. Check and sort carefully
    "sift the information";
    - sieve
  4. Distinguish and separate out
    "sift through the job candidates";
    - sieve

Derived forms: siftings

Type of: analyse [Brit, Cdn], analyze [N. Amer], canvass, choose, examine, go, locomote, move, pick out, select, separate, separation, study, take, travel

Encyclopedia: Sifting