- The definition of a sieve is a utensil with tight wire mesh that you can use to strain things.
- A kitchen strainer with tight wire mesh that strains the pulp out of orange juice is an example of a sieve.
- A person who doesn't return what he learns is an example of someone who may be described as having a mind like a sieve.
- To sieve is to pour something through a strainer or to examine something carefully, focusing on every detail.
When you strain the pulp out of orange juice, this is an example of a time when you sieve.
Origin: Middle English sive from Old English sife, akin to German sieb from Indo-European base an unverified form seip-, to drip from source seep
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Origin: Middle English sive, from Old English sife.