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sieve

noun [C] uk   /sɪv/ us  
a tool consisting of a wood, plastic, or metal frame with a wire or plastic net attached to it. You use it either to separate solids from a liquid, or you rub larger solids through it to make them smaller: Pass the sauce through a sieve to remove any lumps.

sieve

verb [T] uk   /sɪv/ us  
to put a liquid or powder through a sieve: To make the pastry, sieve the flour and salt into a bowl.
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