verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of sift
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 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|Abigail Pesta|May 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He spent months sifting through and cataloging this unexpected cache.
After two weeks sifting through over one thousand pages of SEC filings for the largest banks, I have the same concerns.
Sow thinly, and then cover the seed by sifting over with fine soil from 1/8 to inch deep.Gardening for Little Girls|Olive Hyde Foster
After a good deal of sifting, the following facts were accepted as the best version of what must have taken place.Chatterbox, 1906|Various
The air was so filled with sifting sand and eddying dust that it was impossible to see a mounted man at a distance of fifty yards.The Outlet|Andy Adams
He was returning to the sifting of the letters when the bell of the apartment rang.To Him That Hath|Leroy Scott
According to this logic, thought deals with abstractions, concepts drawn out of things by a sifting process.Instigations|Ezra Pound
Word Origin 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.