- to sift something.
- to pass or fall through or as if through a sieve.
Origin of sift
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Examples from the Web for sift
Meanwhile, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl.Make These Barefoot Contessa Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
November 28, 2014
But should you lack the energy to sift through the glut of options yourself, we can at least helpfully endorse this one.WGN’s ‘Manhattan’ Is Summer’s Best New Show. But Will Anyone Watch?
July 27, 2014
But if you can sift through all of the legal posturing, a fairly accurate portrait of Sterling himself does begin to emerge.Donald Sterling’s New Defense: Look at All the Blacks I’ve Hired
May 28, 2014
Sift the dry ingredients over a piece of parchment paper and then pour into a medium bowl.Cat Cora’s Valentine’s Day Menu for Single People
February 13, 2014
It is advice to sift, pore over, and weigh up, with a view to us deciding for ourselves.John Sutherland‘s Enjoyable Little History of Literature
November 29, 2013
Sift the baking powder and spices with the flour and add these.
Mix and sift the dry ingredients and stir these into the mixture.
Pour in the milk and sift the dry ingredients into this mixture.
Having resolved to sift and examine the entire heap, I at once set about my task.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
Sift two pounds of flour into a pan, and add a salt-spoon of salt.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
- (tr) to sieve (sand, flour, etc) in order to remove the coarser particles
- to scatter (something) over a surface through a sieve
- (tr) to separate with or as if with a sieve; distinguish between
- (tr) to examine minutelyto sift evidence
- (intr) to move as if through a sieve
Word Origin and History for sift
Old English siftan "pass (something) through a sieve," from Proto-Germanic *sib- (cf. Dutch ziften, Middle Low German sichten, German sichten "to sift;" see sieve (n.)). Intransitive sense "to pass loosely or fall scatteredly" is from 1590s. Metaphoric sense of "look carefully through" first recorded 1530s. Related: Sifted; sifting.