Pronunciation: (sift), [key]
1. to separate and retain the coarse parts of (flour, ashes, etc.) with a sieve.
2. to scatter or sprinkle through or by means of a sieve: to sift sugar onto cake.
3. to separate by or as if by a sieve.
4. to examine closely: The detectives are still sifting the evidence.
5. to question closely.
1. to sift something.
2. to pass or fall through or as if through a sieve.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.