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Definition of Sift


  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.
  3. To examine critically or minutely; to scrutinize.

Sift Quotations

Minority is about being an individual. It's like you have to sift through the darkness to find your place and be that individual you want to be your entire life.
Billie Joe Armstrong

Would you like all of your Facebook friends to sift through your trash? A group of designers from Britain and Germany think that you might. Meet BinCam: a 'smart' trash bin that aims to revolutionize the recycling process.
Evgeny Morozov

And when is there time to remember, to sift, to weigh, to estimate, to total?
Tillie Olsen

It is perhaps both a blessing and a curse that fictional worlds spring into my mind nearly fully formed and it takes quite a while to sift through everything to find the story.
Erin Morgenstern

We are entering an era of heightened disaster, thanks to climate change. Being prepared for disaster will mean being prepared to sift truth from rumour, and being prepared to adjust our worldview.
Rebecca Solnit
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Sift Translations

sift in Dutch is zeven, ziften
sift in French is tamiser, tamisons, tamisez, tamisent
sift in German is sieben, sichten
sift in Latin is cerno
sift in Spanish is cernir
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