• Simon and sieve
    Simon and sieve
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sieve distinguish and separate out "sift through the job candidates"
    • v sieve separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements "sift the flour"
    • v sieve check and sort carefully "sift the information"
    • v sieve examine in order to test suitability "screen these samples","screen the job applicants"
    • n sieve a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sieve A kind of coarse basket.
    • Sieve A utensil for separating the finer and coarser parts of a pulverized or granulated substance from each other. It consist of a vessel, usually shallow, with the bottom perforated, or made of hair, wire, or the like, woven in meshes. "In a sieve thrown and sifted."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sieve An instrument for separating the finer from the coarser parts of disintegrated matter, by shaking it so as to force the former through meshes too small for the latter to pass. Sieves are made in many forms for a great variety of uses. See hair-siere, scarce, screen, bolting-cloth, etc.
    • n sieve Something for other use shaped like or in some way resembling the common circular sieve. A basket of coarsely plaited straw or the like, so called because it is made with many small meshes or openings: locally used as a measure, about a bushel.
    • n sieve A wide sheepskin-covered hoop used in some localities for holding wool.
    • n sieve In calico-printing, a cloth extending over a vat which contains the color.
    • n sieve Figuratively, a thing which lacks closeness of texture, or a person who lacks closeness of disposition; especially, a very frank or free-spoken person; one who lets out all that he knows.
    • sieve To cause the finer parts of to pass through or as if through a sieve; sift.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sieve siv a vessel with a bottom of woven hair or wire to separate the fine part of anything from the coarse: a person who cannot keep a secret
    • v.t Sieve to put through a sieve: to sift
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Memory like a sieve - If somebody can't retain things for long in his or her memory and quickly forgets, he or she has a memory like a sieve. A sieve has lots of tiny holes in it to let liquids out while keeping the solids inside.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sive, AS. sife,; akin to D. zeef, zift, OHG. sib, G. sieb,. √151a. Cf. Sift


In literature:

The canvas tarpaulin began to leak like a sieve and most of the wounded were cold and drenched to the skin.
"With Our Soldiers in France" by Sherwood Eddy
A wide earthen pan is filled with fresh sand which has been passed through a sieve.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Rub through a sieve and return to the fire, when heated through again add one cupful of cream.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
Strain through a sieve and serve hot.
"How to Cook Fish" by Olive Green
In the others there was so much that it was said they gather it with sieves, and they fuse it and make bars, and work it in a thousand ways.
"The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503" by Various
Hold this sieve, and you will look like a woman.
"One Hundred Merrie And Delightsome Stories" by Various
It is pouring water into a sieve.
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
The size of the grains is determined by sieves, made by piercing round holes in thin plates of brass.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
This machine with its shaking sieves and blast of air makes a great clatter and fuss.
"Cocoa and Chocolate" by Arthur W. Knapp
Dry the coral thoroughly, after which it may be passed readily through a sieve.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill

In poetry:

They ask us how to live!
We answer: Again try
Being the drops we sieve.
What death it is to die!
"To The Romantic Traditionists" by Allen Tate
When tomorrow pleads the mortal decision
Sifting rankly out of time's sieve today,
No words differently will be uttered
Nor stuttered, like sheep astray.
"A Pauper" by Allen Tate
The forest's erewhile emperor at eve
Had voice when lowered heavens drummed for gales.
At midnight a small people danced the dales,
So thin that they might dwindle through a sieve
"Forest History" by George Meredith
"And who are they," I question'd, "that receive
This boon of His high grace?" and he replied,
"The firm in heart, who have the power to sieve
The restless day, and cast its dregs aside.
"The Two Watchwords" by Alexander Anderson
The summer breezes lightly lift
The clustered flowers oppressed with rain,
Which fleecy cloud-sieves downward sift,--
It falls on Lilly's form in vain:
Sweet Lilly, come again,
Sweet Lilly, come again.
"Lilly: A Poem" by James Avis Bartley
See every earthly thing your life is woven round,
Fall, drop by drop, until your heart is sieved!
Go mad and writhe, and moan upon the ground,
And curse, and die, and say that you have prayed and lived!
"Consolance" by Madge Morris Wagner

In news:

It is similar in this regard to sieve size analysis, which also selects directly based on size.
NMU and GVSU defenses are great big sieves .
Where can I find a quality seed sieve that doesn't cost me an arm and a leg.
For some seeds, your kitchen colander may be helpful as a sieve .
Ultrasonic Sieving in the Powder Coating Industry.
Sieve holds nanoparticles, acts as solar absorber.
Alternately, push the berries through a sieve, collecting the juice.
Revision of D1140 - 00(2006) Standard Test Methods for Amount of Material in Soils Finer than No 200 (75-?m) Sieve.
1/4 cup apricot preserves, pressed through sieve to remove lumps.
Spring- Mounted Grading Sieve with Stainless Steel Base.
Retsch's newest edition of "The Sample," Issue No 22, includes articles written by its customers on various topics, as well as information on new Retsch products, including EasySieve(R) software for sieve analysis.
Ifyou get lumps in your gravy, strain it through afine sieve.
A sieve or laser analysis of the particle sizes in a sand.
Gently scoop your powder mixture into a sieve positioned over an empty mixing bowl.
Sieve shaker offers features such as compact size, a digital timer for increased accuracy and repeatability, and direct inline tapping.

In science:

Let E be a category, a sieve is a subclass R of the class of ob jects Ob(E ) of E such that if f : X → Y is a map of E , such that Y ∈ R, then X ∈ R.
Non abelian cohomology: the point of view of gerbed tower
Let C be a category, a sieve on X is a subclass R of the class Ob(C ) of ob jects of C such that for every map m : Y ′ → Y such that Y is in R, Y ′ is also in R.
Geometric structures on fields
A topology on C is an application which assigns to each ob ject S a non empty subclass J (S ) of the class of sieves over S , such that For every map f : T → S , and every sieve R of J (S ), Rf is a sieve of J (T ), (here f is considered as a morphism between the categories CT and CS .
Geometric structures on fields
The Bernoulli sieve can be seen as a generalisation of the ‘game’ found in .
Bernoulli Sieve
Within this more general setting the Bernoulli sieve composition may be seen as discretisation of a subordinator with finite L´evy measure and zero drift.
Bernoulli Sieve