— sievelike , adj.
/siv/ , n. , v. , sieved, sieving .
1. an instrument with a meshed or perforated bottom, used for separating coarse from fine parts of loose matter, for straining liquids, etc., esp. one with a circular frame and fine meshes or perforations.
2. a person who cannot keep a secret.
v.t. , v.i.
3. to put or force through a sieve; sift.
[ bef. 900; ME sive, OE sife; c. D zeef, G Sieb; akin to SIFT ]