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Definition of "sieve" [sieve]

  • A utensil of wire mesh or closely perforated metal, used for straining, sifting, ricing, or puréeing. (noun)
  • To pass through a sieve. (verb-transitive)
  • To use a sieve; sift. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sieve" in a sentence
  • "A sieve is a mechanism, specifically, a device which selects or separates from among that which already exists."
  • "If it leaks like a sieve, is there anything you can do about it?"
  • "With each side conceding four last Tuesday it looked on the cards anyway, though neither manager licked his lips too publicly in advance lest it smacked of the colander calling the sieve holey."