- 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 of sieveMiddle English sive ; from Old English sife, akin to German sieb ; from Indo-European base an unverified form seip-, to drip from source seep
verbsieved, siev·ing, sieves
Origin of sieveMiddle English sive, from Old English sife.
- A device to separate larger objects from smaller objects, or to separate solid objects from a liquid.
- Use the sieve to get the pasta from the water.
- A process, physical or abstract, that arrives at a final result by filtering out unwanted pieces of input from a larger starting set of input.
- Given a list of consecutive numbers starting at 1, the Sieve of Eratosthenes algorithm will find all of the prime numbers.
(third-person singular simple present sieves, present participle sieving, simple past and past participle sieved)