To sift out
Sift Sift, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sifting}.] [AS. siftan, from sife sieve. [root]151a. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To separate or part as if with a sieve. [1913 Webster]

When yellow sands are sifted from below, The glittering billows give a golden show. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To examine critically or minutely; to scrutinize. [1913 Webster]

Sifting the very utmost sentence and syllable. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

Opportunity I here have had To try thee, sift thee. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Let him but narrowly sift his ideas. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

{To sift out}, to search out with care, as if by sifting. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • sift out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms sift out : present tense I/you/we/they sift out he/she/it sifts out present participle sifting out past tense sifted out past participle sifted out to remove one part of something We get a different impression …   English dictionary

  • sift — [sıft] v [T] [: Old English; Origin: siftan] 1.) to put flour, sugar etc through a sieve or similar container in order to remove large pieces 2.) also sift through to examine information, documents etc carefully in order to find something out or… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Sift — Sift, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sifting}.] [AS. siftan, from sife sieve. [root]151a. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sift — verb (T) 1 to put flour, sugar etc through a sieve or similar container in order to remove large pieces 2 also sift through to examine information, documents etc carefully in order to find something out or decide what is important and what is not …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • sift — verb examine sth very carefully ADVERB ▪ carefully ▪ out ▪ They will try to sift out the winners and the losers. PREPOSITION ▪ for ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • sift — [ sıft ] verb transitive 1. ) to pour a dry substance through a sieve to remove the large pieces 2. ) sift or sift through to examine information, documents, etc. in order to find what you are looking for: Sift every grain of information until… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sift — UK [sɪft] / US verb [transitive] Word forms sift : present tense I/you/we/they sift he/she/it sifts present participle sifting past tense sifted past participle sifted 1) to pour a dry substance through a sieve to remove the large pieces 2) a)… …   English dictionary

  • sift — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English siftan; akin to Old English sife sieve Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to put through a sieve < sift flour > b. to separate or separate out by or as if by putting through a sieve 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sift — verb 1) sift the flour into a large bowl Syn: sieve, strain, screen, filter, riddle; archaic bolt 2) we sift out unsuitable applications Syn: separate out, filter out, sort out, put to one side, weed out …   Thesaurus of popular words

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