- 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 sifting
Sifting sand and putting it back in place is really a short-term fix, say experts.
Once the sand was plowed back onto the beaches, volunteers scoured it for any flotsam that got through the sifting machines.
Sifting the ashes of an attack in revolutionary Arab states is hard.Bruce Riedel: Stop the Libya Blame Game
October 2, 2012
Sifting through snapshots of her in various pageants, their faces radiate with pride.Models vs. Militants: Nisha Pahuja’s Film Shows Two Worlds of Indian Women
May 5, 2012
He spent months sifting through and cataloging this unexpected cache.Edmund Morris Interviewed on Colonel Roosevelt
November 19, 2010
Do not our household servants talk of sifting, straining, winnowing?Sophist
The bone was formed by sifting pure smooth earth and wetting it with marrow.Timaeus
The snow was sifting over the tundra in icy gusts from the westward.The Trail of a Sourdough
May Kellogg Sullivan
Once again the great lone land was sifting out and choosing its own.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
The occasion was crucial; the effect was that of sifting and separation.Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
- (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 sifting
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.