noun \ˈsiv\

: a kitchen tool that has many small holes and that is used to separate smaller particles from larger ones or solids from liquids

Full Definition of SIEVE

:  a device with meshes or perforations through which finer particles of a mixture (as of ashes, flour, or sand) of various sizes may be passed to separate them from coarser ones, through which the liquid may be drained from liquid-containing material, or through which soft materials may be forced for reduction to fine particles

Origin of SIEVE

Middle English sive, from Old English sife; akin to Old High German sib sieve
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang

Rhymes with SIEVE



: to put (something) through a sieve


Full Definition of SIEVE

:  sift

First Known Use of SIEVE

15th century
SIEVE Defined for Kids


noun \ˈsiv\

Definition of SIEVE for Kids

:  a utensil with meshes or holes to separate finer particles from coarser ones or solids from liquids
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