Sift

Definition of Sift

v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Sifted; p. pr. & vb. n. Sifting.]
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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