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Meaning of SIFT

Pronunciation:  sift

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  distinguish and separate out; "sift through the job candidates"
  2. [v]  separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour"
  3. [v]  check and sort carefully; "sift the information"
  4. [v]  move as if through a sieve; "The soldiers sifted through the woods"

SIFT is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: sieve, sieve, strain
 See Also: analyse, analyze, canvass, choose, examine, fan, go, locomote, move, pick out, pick over, resift, rice, riddle, screen, select, separate, sieve out, study, take, travel, winnow



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sift\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sifted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Sifting}.] [AS. siftan, from sife sieve. [root]151a. See
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.

         Opportunity I here have had To try thee, sift thee.

         Let him but narrowly sift his ideas.  --I. Taylor.

{To sift out}, to search out with care, as if by sifting.

Computing Dictionary

SHARE Internal Fortran Translator. Translation utility designed for converting Fortran II to Fortran IV. The word "sift" was often used as a verb to describe converting code from one language to another. Sammet 1969, p.153.