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[sif-ter] /ˈsɪf tər/
a person or thing that sifts.
a kitchen implement for sifting:
a flour sifter.
Origin of sifter
First recorded in 1570-80; sift + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was lying in the sifter after most of the sand and dust had been blown away.

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  • Dry the bread in the oven and put through food grinder or sifter.

  • sifter Louisa drew it from among the folds of her long black robes.

    A Life Sentence Adeline Sergeant
  • My father, mother, and sifter met the steamer train at Euston.

    I Walked in Arden Jack Crawford
  • Among the Cherokees it is common, in asking about the sex of a new arrival, to inquire, Is it a bow or a sifter?

  • Stella could not wait for the next day; and, indeed, early the next day she learned that the one who sang was the sifter.

    Italian Popular Tales

    Thomas Frederick Crane
  • Then we dropped in at The Silver Shark, a little inn about the size of a large dustbin of two compartments and a sifter.

  • Bob caught up the sifter, filled it to the brim, and came toward her, turning the handle as he approached.

    Flood Tide

    Sara Ware Bassett
  • He dropped the sifter into the bowl and his hand closed firmly over the one that now rested on its yellow rim.

    Flood Tide

    Sara Ware Bassett
Word Origin and History for sifter

1570s, agent noun from sift (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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