- 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 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.
- 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 sieved
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.