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sift


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
  --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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  sift 
  v  1:  move  as  if  through  a  sieve;  "The  soliders  sifted  through  the 
  woods" 
  2:  separate  by  sifting,  as  of  flour;  also  used  for  information 
  [syn:  {sieve},  {strain}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  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. 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  SIFT 
  Software  Implemeted  Fault  Tolerance  (HIFT) 
 
 




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