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sift

 
 
pronunciation:
sIft
part of speech: verb
inflections: sifts, sifting, sifted
definition 1: to spread or sprinkle using a sieve or as though using a sieve.
She sifted flour onto the dough.The child sifted sand over her toes.
synonyms:
scatter, spread, sprinkle
similar words:
disperse, distribute, spray
definition 2: to scatter or fall from a sieve or as though from a sieve.
Snow sifted through the tree branches onto the ground below.
synonyms:
scatter
similar words:
dispel, disperse, splash, spread
derivation: sifter (n.)