What is sieve?

  • (verb): Check and sort carefully.
    Synonyms: sift
    See also — Additional definitions below


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.

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Sieve (disambiguation) - Other Uses
... algorithm that detects and describes local features in images Sieve analysis, a practice or procedure used to assess the particle size distribution of a granular material, such as ... See Obstacle in whitewater canoeing Sieve River in Italy In sports such as hockey or lacrosse, "sieve" is a common slang term used when referring to a goaltender who allows many or weak goals In ...
Lehmer Sieve
... Lehmer sieves are mechanical devices that implement sieves in number theory ... Lehmer sieves are named for Derrick Norman Lehmer and his son Derrick Henry Lehmer ... A sieve in general is intended to find the numbers which are remainders when a set of numbers are divided by a second set ...
Sieve - Hockey
... games, fans refer to the visiting goalie as "sieve", This is a reference to the holes in sieves and implies that the goalie cannot stop the puck from entering the net ... Rockies' goalie Hardy Åström the "Swedish Sieve" ...
Surgical Sieve
... The surgical sieve is a thought process in medicine ... Some textbooks put emphasis on using the surgical sieve as a basic structure of diagnosis and management of illnesses ...
Surgical Sieve - In Popular Culture
... The surgical sieve is frequently used by Gregory House, who is a physician in the TV series House in order to diagnose the diseases that his patients are suffering from ... In some episodes various forms of the surgical sieve are scribbled onto House's whiteboard while his team struggle to diagnose difficult cases ... 'MIDNIT' is used to run through the sieve (metabolic, inflammation, degenerative, neoplastic, infection, trauma) ...

More definitions of "sieve":

  • (verb): Distinguish and separate out.
    Synonyms: sift
  • (verb): Separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements.
    Synonyms: sift, strain
  • (noun): A strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles.
    Synonyms: screen

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