Sift (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sifted; p. pr. & vb. n. Sifting.] [AS. siftan, from sife sieve. &root;151a. See Sieve.]


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.


To separate or part as if with a sieve.

When yellow sands are sifted from below, The glittering billows give a golden show. Dryden.


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.


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