2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sift \Sift\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Sifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sifting}.] [AS. siftan, from sife sieve. [root]151a. See {Sieve}.]

1. To separate with a sieve, as the fine part of a substance from the coarse; as, to sift meal or flour; to sift powder; to sift sand or lime.

2. To separate or part as if with a sieve.

When yellow sands are sifted from below, The glittering billows give a golden show. --Dryden.

3. To examine critically or minutely; to scrutinize.

Sifting the very utmost sentence and syllable. --Hooker.

Opportunity I here have had To try thee, sift thee. --Milton.

Let him but narrowly sift his ideas. --I. Taylor.

{To sift out}, to search out with care, as if by sifting.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: the act of separating grain from chaff; "the winnowing was done by women" [syn: {winnow}, {winnowing}, {sifting}]

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