Definition for SIFT

SIFT, v.t. [Sax. siftan; G. sieben; D. ziften.]

  1. To separate by a sieve; as the fine part of a substance from the coarse; as, to sift meal; to sift powder; to sift sand or lime.
  2. To separate; to part. – Dryden.
  3. To examine minutely or critically; to scrutinize. Let the principles of the party be thoroughly sifted. We have sifted your objections. – Hooker.

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