move as if through a sieve
"The soldiers sifted through the woods"
sift, sieve, strain(verb)
separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
"sift the flour"
check and sort carefully
"sift the information"
distinguish and separate out
"sift through the job candidates"
To sieve or strain (something).
To separate or scatter (things) as if by sieving.
To examine (something) carefully.
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
to separate or part as if with a sieve
to examine critically or minutely; to scrutinize
Origin: [AS. siftan, from sife sieve. 151a. See Sieve.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sift, v.t. to separate with, or as with, a sieve: to examine closely.—n. Sift′er, one who, or that which, sifts. [A.S. siftan—sife, a sieve.]
What does SIFT stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the SIFT acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.
fist , FIST
The numerical value of SIFT in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of SIFT in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
A friend is one to whom you can pour out the contents of your heart, chaff and grain alike. Knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
This is a sad situation when it takes so much energy to sift through false claims and to determine which products are actually healthful ... advertising claims, especially when they are unsubstantiated, can certainly lead parents astray.
A friend is one to whom one can pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keeping what is worth keeping, and, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
We are seeing an influx of advertising aimed at parents for a wide array of products, including food and beverages, toothpaste and vitamins, this is a sad situation when it takes so much energy to sift through false claims and to determine which products are actually healthful ... advertising claims, especially when they are unsubstantiated, can certainly lead parents astray.
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- separar, colar, juzgar, cernirSpanish
- seuloa, tutkia, siivilöidäFinnish
- passer, éparpiller, disséminer, tamiserFrench
- esaminare minuziosamente, discernere, setacciareItalian
- ziften, zeven, ziftDutch
- odsiać, przesiać, przesiewać, odsiewaćPolish
- minuciosamente, cindir, discernir, examinarPortuguese
- отсе́ять, просе́ять, отсе́ивать, просе́иватьRussian
- tamjhî, passer, raidjîWalloon
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