AskDefine | Define sifter

Dictionary Definition

sifter n : a household sieve (as for flour)

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A tool for sifting, especially one for powdered cooking ingredients
  2. any lamellirostral bird, as a duck or goose, so called because it sifts or strains its food from the water and mud by means of the lamellae of the beak

Extensive Definition

In general, a sieve separates wanted/desired elements from unwanted material using a tool such as a mesh, net or other filtration or distillation methods, but it is also used for classification of powders by particle size, or for size measurement as an analytical technique. The word "sift" derives from this term. A strainer is a type of sieve typically associated with separating liquids from solids.
Sieve may mean:



(see also: Filter)


Computer science


Other uses

  • a stainless steel strainer, used in plumbing
  • in metaphor and simile, sieve may often be used to refer to things that are leaky, as a sieve used for a bowl.
    • In particular, in hockey, a goaltender who lets a lot of goals through is sometimes compared to a sieve. (In college hockey students chant the word "sieve" at the opposite goalie)
    • In basketball, a player who is a poor defender is sometimes referred to as a "sieve."
  • On rivers, a sieve or strainer is a dangerous obstacle that water can pass through, but people cannot. See Obstacle in whitewater canoing
  • the Sieve, a river in Italy
sifter in Catalan: Garbell
sifter in German: Sieb
sifter in French: Passoire
sifter in Japanese: 篩
sifter in Dutch: Zeef
sifter in Polish: sito
sifter in Portuguese: Crivo
sifter in Spanish: Rejilla
sifter in Spanish: Filtro
sifter in Swedish: Såll

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