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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. [1913 Webster] 2. A kind of coarse basket. --Simmonds. [1913 Webster] Sieve cells (Bot.), cribriform cells. See under Cribriform. [1913 Webster]