Meaning of SIEVE in English

SIEVE

n. & v.

--n. a utensil having a perforated or meshed bottom for separating solids or coarse material from liquids or fine particles, or for reducing a soft solid to a fine pulp.

--v.tr.

1. put through or sift with a sieve.

2 examine (evidence etc.) to select or separate.

Phrases and idioms:

head like a sieve colloq. a memory that retains little.

Derivatives:

sievelike adj.

Etymology: OE sife f. WG

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.