Sieve (disambiguation)

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A sieve is a tool to separate materials of one characteristic (for example, liquids) from materials of another (for example, solids).

Sieve may also refer to:




Science and healthcare[edit]

  • Sieve, in medicine, a "surgical sieve" refers to a very general list of diagnostic or pathological headings, against which any finding can be compared
  • Sieving coefficient, used in transport phenomena, in chemistry
  • Sieve tube element, an elongated cell in the phloem tissue of flowering plants


  • Sieve, a firefighting tool used when a fire engine drafts water from a body of water; it is a large metal strainer is attached to the end of a hard suction hose that prevents debris from entering the hose
  • Sieve, 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, in plumbing, a stainless steel strainer

Other uses[edit]

  • Sieve (hieroglyph), an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph
  • Sieve, or strainer, on rivers is a dangerous obstacle that water can pass through, but people cannot (see Obstacle in whitewater canoeing)
  • Sieve, in sports such as hockey or lacrosse, is a common slang term used when referring to a goaltender who allows many or weak goals
  • Sieve analysis, a practice or procedure used to assess the particle size distribution of a granular material, such as soil

See also[edit]

  • CIV (band), a New York City punk rock band pronounced "sieve"