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Sift Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    sift v
  1. move as if through a sieve; "The soldiers sifted through the woods"
  2. separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour" [syn: sieve, strain]
  3. check and sort carefully; "sift the information" [syn: sieve]
  4. distinguish and separate out; "sift through the job candidates" [syn: sieve]
Sift Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Sift \Sift\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sifted; p. pr. & vb. n. Sifting.] [AS. siftan, from sife sieve. [root] a. See Sieve.]
  1. 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.
  2. To separate or part as if with a sieve. When yellow sands are sifted from below, The glittering billows give a golden show. --Dryden.
  3. To examine critically or minutely; to scrutinize. Sifting the very utmost sentence and syllable. --Hooker. Opportunity I here have had To try thee, sift thee. --Milton. Let him but narrowly sift his ideas. --I. Taylor. To sift out, to search out with care, as if by sifting.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Sift'

A sieve, or sifter, separates wanted elements from unwanted material using a woven screen such as a mesh or net. However, in cooking, especially with flour, a sifter is used to aerate the substance, among other things. A strainer is a type of sieve typically used to separate a solid from a liquid. The word "sift" derives from sieve.

Sieving is a simple and convenient technique of separating particles of different sizes. A small sieve such as that used for sifting flour has very small holes which allow only very fine flour particles to pass through. The coarse particles are retained in the sieve or are broken up by grinding against the screen windows. Depending upon the types of particles to be separated, sieves with different types of holes are used. Separating tea leaves from tea is not considered to be sieving.

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* 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. - Arab Proverb

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