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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. something sifted: siftings of flour.
  2. something that is separated by sifting: to discard the siftings.
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Origin of siftings

First recorded in 1590–1600; sift + -ing1 + -s3
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  • How slowly and loiteringly it came, and how microscopic its first siftings!

    A Year in the Fields

    John Burroughs

  • Thirdly, siftings from the straw and mattresses which had been thoroughly disinfected failed to produce the rash.

  • These last may be considered the siftings of the smaller planets, and the first the refuse of the Saturnian system.

  • Sowens, a dish made by steeping, fermenting, and then boiling the husks or siftings of oats in water.

  • When the scoriæ are viscid, the quantity of siftings must be diminished; but if thin, they must be increased.

British Dictionary definitions for siftings


pl n
  1. material or particles separated out by or as if by a sieve
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