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“… them then pour through a sieve to remove …”

meanings of sieve


  1. A process, physical or abstract, that arrives at a final result by filtering out unwanted pieces of input from a larger starting set of input. Given a list of consecutive numbers starting at 1, the Sieve of Eratosthenes algorithm will find all of the prime numbers.
  2. A collection of morphisms in a category whose codomain is a certain fixed object of that category, which collection is closed under pre-composition by any morphism in the category.
  3. A device with a mesh bottom to separate, in a granular material, larger particles from smaller ones, or to separate solid objects from a liquid.
  4. A person, or their mind, that cannot remember things or is unable to keep secrets.
  5. A kind of coarse basket.


  1. To strain, sift or sort using a sieve.
  2. To concede; let in.

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