[ UK /sˈɪftɪŋ/ ]
[ US /ˈsɪftɪŋ/ ]
  1. the act of separating grain from chaff
    the winnowing was done by women
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How To Use sifting In A Sentence

  • Sifting through the reports logged in the last couple of weeks, he came across a tale that had previously gone unread. EVERVILLE
  • The discovery was made by accountants sifting through the remains of the Maxwell business empire.
  • Of course the 'nester' or 'punkin roller,' as we contemptuously called the small farmer, began sifting in here and there in spite of our guns, but he was only a mosquito bite in comparison with the trouble which our cow-punchers stirred up. Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger A Romance of the Mountain West
  • Continue sifting until all of the clumps from the fragrance are worked into the powder and it is free-flowing. Anti-Talc - Day Two - Fragrance and Color
  • The few light, dry siftings that did produced little buildup on the frozen ground, except in hollows and depressions, and sometimes not even there. The Plains of Passage
  • After sifting through a mountain of words, the author has settled on 1,500 meanings that reflect the ever-changing world of lexicography.
  • Genuine conservation means sifting through evidence, weighing options and reaching consensus. Times, Sunday Times
  • I spent the morning working on the new book of poems, selecting, sifting and sorting pieces for inclusion.
  • I'm having the most enormous fun sifting through the mound of accumulated poems and haiku, bringing order and accord where there was none.
  • Investigators are sifting through evidence teased from computer software seized at the properties. Times, Sunday Times
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