Pronunciation Noun

sieve (plural sieves)

  1. A device with a mesh bottom to separate#Verb|separate, in a granular material, larger particles from smaller ones, or to separate solid objects from a liquid.
    Coordinate terms: sifter#English|sifter, sile#English|sile, riddle#English|riddle
    Use the sieve to get the pasta from the water.
  2. 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.
    • Among, [sic] his other achievements, Matiyasevich and his colleague Boris Stechkin also developed an interesting “visual sieve” for prime numbers, which effectively “crosses out” all the composite numbers, leaving only the primes.
    Given a list of consecutive numbers starting at 1, the Sieve of Eratosthenes algorithm will find all of the prime numbers.
  3. (obsolete) A kind of coarse basket.
  4. (colloquial) A person, or their mind, that cannot remember things or is unable to keep secrets.
  5. (category theory) 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.
Translations Translations Verb

sieve (sieves, present participle sieving; past and past participle sieved)

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

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