Pronunciation: (sift),[key] —v.t. 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.
—v.i. 1. to sift something.
2. to pass or fall through or as if through a sieve.