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Dictionary definition for: Sieve

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

2. (v) examine in order to test suitability; "screen these samples" "screen the job applicants"

3. (v) check and sort carefully; "sift the information"

4. (v) separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour"

5. (v) distinguish and separate out; "sift through the job candidates"

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