verb (used with or without object), sieved, siev·ing.
Origin of sieve
Related Words for sievedfilter, evaluate, cull, select, scan, comb, investigate, explore, winnow, scrutinize, examine, drain, analyze, permeate, clean, leak, sift, refine, percolate, penetrate
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Historical Examples of sieved
All that is worthless has been sieved and sifted out of them.The Pocket R.L.S.
Robert Louis Stevenson
First there was a sand-screen—like Mike uses, where they sieved it.
Sieved hard-boiled eggs, with a pinch of herbs, make good sandwiches also.
Word Origin 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.