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Definition of 'sieve'


  1. a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles
       Synonyms: screen


  1. examine in order to test suitability; "screen these samples"; "screen the job applicants"
       Synonyms: screen screen out sort
  2. check and sort carefully; "sift the information"
       Synonyms: sift
  3. separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour"
       Synonyms: sift strain
  4. distinguish and separate out; "sift through the job candidates"
       Synonyms: sift

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