- 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 sieving
In that outhouse a group of dark divinities are engaged in the difficult process of sieving and sorting.The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba
His part is to attend the sacking of the three kinds of grain for ever sieving out.The Complete Essays of John Galsworthy
The trouble in sieving gravel is that if the sieve be filled to its capacity the shaking soon becomes tiring.The Foundations of Japan
J.W. Robertson Scott
- 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 sieving
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.