- 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
Related Words for sievedfilter, evaluate, cull, select, scan, comb, investigate, explore, winnow, scrutinize, examine, drain, analyze, permeate, clean, leak, sift, refine, percolate, penetrate
Examples from the Web for sieved
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.
- 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 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.