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SIEVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sieve mean? 

SIEVE (noun)
  The noun SIEVE has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: SIEVE used as a noun is very rare.


SIEVE (verb)
  The verb SIEVE has 4 senses:

1. examine in order to test suitability
2. check and sort carefully
3. separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
4. distinguish and separate out

  Familiarity information: SIEVE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SIEVE (noun)


Sense 1sieve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

sieve; screen

Hypernyms ("sieve" is a kind of...):

strainer (a filter to retain larger pieces while smaller pieces and liquids pass through)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sieve"):

riddle (a coarse sieve (as for gravel))

sifter (a household sieve (as for flour))


SIEVE (verb)


Sense 1sieve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Examine in order to test suitability

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

screen out; sieve; sort; screen

Context examples:

screen these samples / screen the job applicants

Hypernyms (to "sieve" is one way to...):

choose; pick out; select; take (pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2sieve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Check and sort carefully

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

sieve; sift

Context example:

sift the information

Hypernyms (to "sieve" is one way to...):

analyse; analyze; canvas; canvass; examine; study (consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3sieve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

sift; sieve; strain

Context example:

sift the flour

Hypernyms (to "sieve" is one way to...):

separate (divide into components or constituents)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sieve"):

rice (sieve so that it becomes the consistency of rice)

resift (sift anew)

riddle; screen (separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff)

fan; winnow (separate the chaff from by using air currents)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Also:

sieve out (separate or remove)


Sense 4sieve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Distinguish and separate out

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

sieve; sift

Context example:

sift through the job candidates

Hypernyms (to "sieve" is one way to...):

choose; pick out; select; take (pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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