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5 definitions found
 for Sift
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sift \Sift\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sifted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Sifting.] [AS. siftan, from sife sieve. [root]151a. See
     Sieve.]
     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.
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     2. To separate or part as if with a sieve.
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              When yellow sands are sifted from below,
              The glittering billows give a golden show. --Dryden.
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     3. To examine critically or minutely; to scrutinize.
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              Sifting the very utmost sentence and syllable.
                                                    --Hooker.
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              Opportunity I here have had
              To try thee, sift thee.               --Milton.
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              Let him but narrowly sift his ideas.  --I. Taylor.
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     To sift out, to search out with care, as if by sifting.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  150 Moby Thesaurus words for "sift":
     air, analyze, appraise, assess, assort, bolt, canvass, catalog,
     categorize, choose, choose out, clarify, class, classify, clear,
     collate, comb, comment upon, consider, contradistinguish,
     controvert, cordon, cordon off, cull, cull out, deal with, debate,
     decide between, decrassify, deliberate, deliberate upon,
     delve into, demarcate, demark, depurate, differentiate, dig into,
     discourse about, discriminate, discuss, distill, distinguish,
     divide, draw the line, edulcorate, elute, essentialize, evaluate,
     examine, excerpt, exchange views, explore, extract, factor, fathom,
     filter, filtrate, gauge, ghettoize, gin, glean, go into, gradate,
     grade, group, handle, handpick, identify, indagate, inquire into,
     insulate, investigate, isolate, keep apart, keep aside,
     knock around, lay aside, leach, lixiviate, look into,
     make a selection, mark the interface, pass under review, peer into,
     percolate, pick, pick out, plumb, poke into, probe, prospect,
     pry into, purify, put aside, quarantine, rank, rap, reason,
     reason about, reason the point, rectify, refine, review, riddle,
     screen, screen out, scrutinize, search into, seclude, segregate,
     select, separate, set a limit, set apart, set aside, set off,
     sever, severalize, sieve, sieve out, sift out, single out, size,
     sort, sort out, sound, spiritualize, split hairs, strain, study,
     subdivide, sublimate, sublime, subordinate, subtilize, take up,
     talk, talk about, talk of, talk over, thrash, thrash out, thresh,
     thresh out, treat, try, ventilate, weed out, weigh, winnow
  
  

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

  SIFT
         Software Implemented Fault Tolerance (HIFT)
         

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  SIFT
  
     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.
  

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