Sieve meaning

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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.

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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.

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To pass through a sieve.
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To put or pass through a sieve; sift.
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A utensil having many small meshed or perforated openings, used to strain solids from liquids, to separate fine particles of loose matter from coarser ones, etc.; sifter; strainer.
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A utensil of wire mesh or closely perforated metal or plastic, used for straining, sifting, ricing, or puréeing.
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To use a sieve; sift.
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To strain, sift or sort using a sieve.
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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.

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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.

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Origin of sieve

  • Middle English sive from Old English sife

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English sife, Proto-Germanic *sibi. Akin to German Sieb, Dutch zeef, Slavic *sito (Russian сито (sito), сев (sev), сеять (sejatʹ)).

    From Wiktionary