- an instrument with a meshed or perforated bottom, used for separating coarse from fine parts of loose matter, for straining liquids, etc., especially 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.
Origin of sieve
Examples from the Web for sieve
Press the mixture into a sieve with the back of the spoon to squeeze out the liquid then add 1tsp of honey.Use These 15 Home Remedies Based On Ayurveda To Cure Menstrual Cramps, Hangovers, and Indigestion
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If you find your pumpkin to have too much water after you cook the flesh, strain it in a sieve or cheesecloth.Eat Your Halloween Pumpkin and Save the Planet!
October 31, 2013
For years, Greece has been a sieve for irregular migrants who want to make their way to Europe.Syrian Immigrants Flood Greece
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August 26, 2012
Strain through a chinoise (a sieve with extremely fine mesh) and let cool.Lights, Camera, Cocktails
July 1, 2011
Pass the juices through a sieve into a bowl to remove the seeds.Alice Waters’ Favorite Vineyard
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The rain, as if falling through a sieve, immediately disappears.The Roof of France
Then strain the liquor through a sieve, and put it into a kettle or stew-pan.
Put the oysters into a sieve, and set it on a pan to drain the liquor from them.
Let it stand twenty-four hours, and then strain it through a sieve.
Then take them off, put them into a sieve, and strain off the liquid.
- 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
- rare a person who gossips and spreads secrets
- memory like a sieve or head like a sieve a very poor memory
- to pass or cause to pass through a sieve
- (tr often foll by out) to separate or remove (lumps, materials, etc) by use of a sieve
Word Origin and History for sieve
Old English sife "sieve," from Proto-Germanic *sib (cf. Middle Dutch seve, Dutch zeef, Old High German sib, German Sieb), from PIE *seib- "to pour out, sieve, drip, trickle" (see soap (n.)). Related to sift. The Sieve of Eratosthenes (1803) is a contrivance for finding prime numbers. Sieve and shears formerly were used in divinations.
late 15c., from sieve (n.). Related: Sieved; sieving.