- to sift something.
- to pass or fall through or as if through a sieve.
Origin of sift
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Examples from the Web for unsifted
Into four of them, while cold, ordinary unheated and unsifted air was pumped.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
She had so many dreams to dream over, such an unsifted store.The Rainbow
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
His jeans were torn and his cotton shirt was in rags, but his grit was unsifted.Partners of Chance
Henry Herbert Knibbs
If the milk dressing is used, it should simply be poured over the (unsifted) Graham, and not made into a batter.
The meal is often unsifted and sour, and the meat such as in the North is consigned to the soap-maker.Martyria
Augustus C. Hamlin
- (tr) to sieve (sand, flour, etc) in order to remove the coarser particles
- to scatter (something) over a surface through a sieve
- (tr) to separate with or as if with a sieve; distinguish between
- (tr) to examine minutelyto sift evidence
- (intr) to move as if through a sieve
Word Origin and History for unsifted
Old English siftan "pass (something) through a sieve," from Proto-Germanic *sib- (cf. Dutch ziften, Middle Low German sichten, German sichten "to sift;" see sieve (n.)). Intransitive sense "to pass loosely or fall scatteredly" is from 1590s. Metaphoric sense of "look carefully through" first recorded 1530s. Related: Sifted; sifting.