The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sieve \Sieve\, n. [OE. sive, AS. sife; akin to D. zeef, zift,
OHG. sib, G. sieb. [root]151a. Cf. Sift.]
1. A utensil for separating the finer and coarser parts of a
pulverized or granulated substance from each other. It
consist of a vessel, usually shallow, with the bottom
perforated, or made of hair, wire, or the like, woven in
meshes. "In a sieve thrown and sifted." --Chaucer.
2. A kind of coarse basket. --Simmonds.
Sieve cells (Bot.), cribriform cells. See under