• WordNet 3.6
    • v sift distinguish and separate out "sift through the job candidates"
    • v sift separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements "sift the flour"
    • v sift check and sort carefully "sift the information"
    • v sift move as if through a sieve "The soldiers sifted through the woods"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sift To examine critically or minutely; to scrutinize. "Sifting the very utmost sentence and syllable.""Opportunity I here have had
      To try thee, sift thee."
      "Let him but narrowly sift his ideas."
    • Sift To separate or part as if with a sieve. "When yellow sands are sifted from below,
      The glittering billows give a golden show."
    • Sift 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sift To cause the finer parts of to pass through a sieve; part or separate the larger and smaller elements of, by shaking in a sieve; bolt: as, to sift meal, powder, sand, or lime; to sift the flour from the bran.
    • sift To pass or shake through or from anything in the manner of a sieve; pour out or stir up loosely, like particles falling from a sieve: as, to sift sand through the fingers; to sift sugar upon a cake.
    • sift To act upon or about as if by means of a sieve; examine with close scrutiny; subject to minute analysis: used with a great variety of applications: sometimes with out: as, to sift the good from the bad; to sift out the truth of the matter; to sift a proposition.
    • sift Synonyms Sift, Bolt, Strain, Screen. Sift is used especially of action by means of a sieve, or of anything serving as a sieve, as an independent instrument; bolt, of the separation of meal and bran, or of the different grades of meal or flour, or the like, by the mechanism of a mill. Strain and screen are used of analogous action upon liquids and coarser solids.
    • sift To pass or fall loosely or scatteringly, as if through the meshes of a sieve: as, the dust or the snow sifted through the crevices; the light sifts from the clouds.
    • sift To practise detailed scrutiny or investigation; make close examination.
    • n sift Something that falls or passes as if from the meshes of a sieve; sifting or sifted material.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Sift sift to separate with, or as with, a sieve: to examine closely
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. siftan, from sife, sieve. √151a. See Sieve
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. siftansife, a sieve.


In literature:

And his dreams that night were full of winds, the old sad winds of Egypt, and of moving, sifting sand.
"Four Weird Tales" by Algernon Blackwood
Fill the tubes with the same kinds of dry sifted soils.
"The First Book of Farming" by Charles L. Goodrich
Beat well, add vanilla, then add the remainder of the flour with the baking powder, sifted together.
"Food and Health" by Anonymous
Now add four cupfuls of sifted flour and beat to a light batter.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
Beat up the yolks and sift in the ground rice, sugar and grated rind of the lemon.
"The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28" by Various
Sift, then add the baking powder and sift again.
"Public School Domestic Science" by Mrs. J. Hoodless
When done sift over the top browned cracker crumbs and garnish with parsley.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
Cover the fish with cold water, drain, and throw them into a cloth strewn with sifted flour.
"How to Cook Fish" by Olive Green
Above all, God sifted all the nations of the Old World to find blood rich enough to people the Southern States.
"The Battle of Principles" by Newell Dwight Hillis
But a couple of crows looked over the refuse once during the day for months till men came to sift the cinders.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies

In poetry:

All melancholy thoughts to thresh,
Winnow the blissful grain
Of immortality, and sift
From mortal fear and pain.
"The Yellow Butterfly" by Manmohan Ghose
Ah, that was in the glad years when
Joys ne’er were sifted,
But I on wilder floods since then
Have darkly drifted.
"The River Maiden" by Victor James Daley
One little room marked the spot,
A few common chairs therein;
And now all o'er the universe,
Its sifting the souls of men.
"Y. M. C. A. Founder. Sir Geo. Williams." by Frank Barbour Coffin
The world seems fair and bright, Jessie
Near loving hearts like you,
But poonith's blast sifts simmer love,
And makes leal friendships few.
"To Miss Jessie Lewars" by Robert Burns
And through the hazy veil the atmosphere
Has draped about the gleaming face of Day,
The sifted glances of the sun appear
In splinterings of spray.
"August" by James Whitcomb Riley
Sing thou of Truth!
That which alone can stand when all is sifted;
That which Humanity in pain and tears
Has sought with patient toil through myriad years,
Till thou shalt see with radiant face uplifted
Eternal Truth.
"The Song Of Life" by George Essex Evans

In news:

Randy Edsall's offseason: Sift through the wreckage of a disastrous debut.
Texas residents sift through rubble from tornadoes.
Chairmen sift through 100s of bills with only 2 weeks left in fiscal 2009.
Help us sift through the WikiLeaks files on Afghanistan.
Investigators are still sifting through about 100,000 pieces of evidence they found in a unit at Rent-A-Space in East Lyme, Conn.
Royals sift through options in efforts to acquire catcher.
Sift & Toss Mesh Litter Liners.
Nearly 8½ years after 9/11, city officials yesterday said anthropologists would soon start sifting through new Ground Zero debris in hope of uncovering more human remains.
Blog brothers sift through rubble after loss to Bucks.
Sift through the array of choices.
Fully-recyclable closure lets consumers scoop, pour or sift .
The remnants of both buildings will be torn down, but workers are first sifting through the remains of each unit, as directed by David Halpern of Middlesex Management, which owns the complex.
Ringgold survivors sift through storm wreckage.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Residents are sifting through the ashes of more than 50 houses destroyed by a central Utah wildfire.
Residents are sifting through the ashes of more than 50 houses destroyed by a central Utah wildfire.

In science:

Furthermore, relevant enhancements for the methods existent in the literature (i.e. support for 3D models in the SIFT ob ject recognition method) are reported.
Evaluation of Three Vision Based Object Perception Methods for a Mobile Robot
The first evaluated method is the SIFT ob ject recognition method, proposed by .
Evaluation of Three Vision Based Object Perception Methods for a Mobile Robot
From the results obtained, it can be seen that with the present implementation of the methods, the SIFT ob ject recognition method adapts better to the performance requirements of a robotics application.
Evaluation of Three Vision Based Object Perception Methods for a Mobile Robot
The main limitation of the SIFT ob ject recognition method is that only the first nearest neighbor of each test image feature is considered in the subsequent stages.
Evaluation of Three Vision Based Object Perception Methods for a Mobile Robot
This restriction makes the SIFT method very fast, but at the same time makes it unable to detect ob jects with repetitive textures.
Evaluation of Three Vision Based Object Perception Methods for a Mobile Robot