A sieve is a tool to separate materials of one characteristic (for example, liquids) from materials of another (for example, solids). Some kinds of sieves are also called strainers.
While sieves are most commonly known as kitchen utensils, there are many other kinds of sieves.
- Sieve (many different types listed)
- Sieving coefficient, in transport phenomena
- Sieve theory, a technique for counting or filtering sets of numbers
- Sieve (category theory)
- Cyclic sieving, a phenomenon in combinatorics
- Sieve (mail filtering language), a standard for specifying mail filters
- Sieve C++ Parallel Programming System, an auto-parallelizing compiler for C++
- Scale-invariant feature transform (or SIFT), a computer vision algorithm that detects and describes local features in images
- Sieve analysis, a practice or procedure used to assess the particle size distribution of a granular material, such as soil
- CIV (band), a New York City punk rock band pronounced "sieve"
- Sieve (hieroglyph), an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph
- In plumbing, a stainless steel strainer
- On rivers, a sieve or strainer is a dangerous obstacle that water can pass through, but people cannot. See Obstacle in whitewater canoeing
- Sieve River in Italy
- In sports such as hockey or lacrosse, "sieve" is a common slang term used when referring to a goaltender who allows many or weak goals
- In medicine, a "surgical sieve" refers to a very general list of diagnostic or pathological headings, against which any finding can be compared
- A firefighting tool used when a fire engine drafts water from a body of water. A large metal strainer is attached to the end of a hard suction hose that prevents debris from entering the hose.
- A gardening tool, known as a riddle, used to separate soil particles and provide a finer tilth, for example by removing stones and twigs
- Sieve tube element, an elongated cell in the phloem tissue of flowering plants
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