Definition of sieve noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//sɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//sɪv//
In the kitchen
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  • a tool for separating solids from liquids or larger solids from smaller solids, made of a wire or plastic net attached to a ring. The liquid or small pieces pass through the net but the larger pieces do not. Press the apricot jam through a sieve and stir in one tablespoon of cold water. Wash the rice in a sieve under cold running water. See related entries: In the kitchen
  • Word OriginOld English sife (noun), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch zeef and German Sieb.Idioms
    have a memory/mind like a sieve
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    (informal) to have a very bad memory; to forget things easily
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sieve