(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sifted; p. pr. & vb. n. Sifting.] [AS. siftan, from sife sieve. 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.
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3. To examine critically or minutely; to scrutinize.
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Sifting the very utmost sentence and syllable.
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Opportunity I here have had
To try thee, sift thee.
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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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