Sift v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sifted; p. pr. & vb. n. Sifting.]
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.
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.
v 1: move as if through a sieve; "The soldiers sifted through the
2: separate by passing through a sieve or other straining
device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour"
[syn: sieve, strain]
3: check and sort carefully; "sift the information" [syn: sieve]
4: distinguish and separate out; "sift through the job
candidates" [syn: sieve]