[ siv ]
/ sɪv /
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.
verb (used with or without object), sieved, siev·ing.
to put or force through a sieve; sift.
Origin of sieve
before 900; Middle English sive, Old English sife; cognate with Dutch zeef, German Sieb; akin to sift
Related formssieve·like, adjectiveun·sieved, adjective
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Examples from the Web for sieved
First there was a sand-screen—like Mike uses, where they sieved it.Illustrated Science for Boys and Girls|Anonymous
Sieved hard-boiled eggs, with a pinch of herbs, make good sandwiches also.A Comprehensive Guide-Book to Natural, Hygienic and Humane Diet|Sydney H. Beard
All that is worthless has been sieved and sifted out of them.The Pocket R.L.S.|Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for sieved
/ (sɪv) /
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
Derived Formssievelike, adjective
Word Origin for sieve
Old English sife; related to Old Norse sef reed with hollow stalk, Old High German sib sieve, Dutch zeef
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