In that outhouse a group of dark divinities are engaged in the difficult process of sieving and sorting.
His part is to attend the sacking of the three kinds of grain for ever sieving out.
The trouble in sieving gravel is that if the sieve be filled to its capacity the shaking soon becomes tiring.
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.