Meaning of SIEVE in English


/ sɪv; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

a tool for separating solids from liquids or larger solids from smaller solids, made of a wire or plastic net attached to a ring. The liquid or small pieces pass through the net but the larger pieces do not.


- have a memory / mind like a sieve

■ verb

[ vn ] to put sth through a sieve



Old English sife (noun), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch zeef and German Sieb .

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