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Sift appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Suzie Seaword's fish-sauce shop sells unsifted thistles for thistle-sifters to sift.

Sift appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • At a draft, fish sift far data.
  • Rae, droopy men in a cenotaph sift a cat’s umbrage to merge both; to beg remote garb, must a catfish pat one canine, my poor dear?
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Sift is sometimes a misspelling of surface.

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Definition of the verb sift

What does sift mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: sifted | sifting | sifts

  1. move as if through a sieve
    • example: The soldiers sifted through the woods
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Location] for [Theme]I hunted the woods for game | I searched the cave for treasure | I stalked the woods for game | We rummaged the drawer for important documents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] for [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]I searched for treasure in the cave
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location]I searched through America
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location] for [Theme]I searched in the cave for treasure

      Verbs of Searching (with the same syntax): advertise, check, comb, dive, drag, dredge, excavate, patrol, plumb, probe, prospect, prowl, quarry, rake, rifle, scavenge, scour, scout, search, shop, trawl, troll, watch.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: go / locomote / move / travel = change location
  2. separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
  3. check and sort carefully
    • example: sift the information
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of sift: sieve
    • more generic words: analyse / analyze / canvass / examine / study = consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
  4. distinguish and separate out
    • example: sift through the job candidates
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of sift: sieve
    • more generic terms: choose / pick out / select / take = pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

Alternative definition of the verb sift


  1. To sieve or strain (something).
  2. To separate or scatter (things) as if by sieving.
  3. To examine (something) carefully.


Sift: Mengayak adalah sebuah cara untuk memisahkan bahan-bahan yang berbeda-beda ukurannya dengan alat ayakan, yakni alat yang terbuat dari anyaman bilah bambu halus berbentuk bulat, dan merupakan susunan lubang-lubang berukuran sama, biasanya digunakan untuk menangkap benih ikan atau untuk penampungan ikan sementara. Sebagai ukuran besar-kecil ayakan digunakan istilah mesh yaitu jumlah lubang setiap banjaran sepanjang 1 inci. Ayakan 100 mesh berarti mempunyai 100 lubang dalam setiap jarang 1 inci, garis tengah masing-masing umumnya 0,147 mm. Ayakan standar ialah susunan ayakan dengan ukuran lubang berbeda-beda. Dalam Standar Tyler perbedaan itu adalah 2, artinya ayakan setingkat di atas sebuah ayakan tertentu memiliki lubang bergaris tengah 2 kali lebih besar, sedangkan yang setingkat di bawah mempunyai lubang-lubang bergaris tengah lebih kecil, dan seterusnya.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sift

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science (2000)

Volume 68 - (Supplement 31) by Allen Kent

The (SB Tool Set and Features THE SIMULATION INFORMATION FILTERING TOOL The SIFT is a novel filtering...

Google previewProceedings of the Tenth U.S.-Japan Conference on Composite Materials (2002)

September 16-18, 2002, Stanford University, Stanford, California by Fu-Kuo Chang

SIFT is a mechanistic failure theory utilizing critical intrinsic properties of the polymeric matrix and the fiber reinforcement of composite materials to assess the onset of damage initiation, damage progression and ultimate failure. The theory ...

Google previewComputer Vision Metrics (2016)

Textbook Edition by Scott Krig

SIFT is a complete algorithm and processing pipeline, including both an interest point and a feature descriptor method. SIFT includes stages for selecting center- surrounding circular weighted Difference of Gaussian (DoG) maxima interest ...

Google previewShape Analysis in Medical Image Analysis (2014)

by Shuo Li, João Manuel R. S. Tavares

The SIFT is a combinational detector and descriptor approach introduced by Lowe [25] that allows extraction of distinctive scale and rotation invariant features from images. The SIFT is a combination of a scale invariant region detector known ...

Google previewRecognizing Patterns in Signals, Speech, Images, and Videos (2011)

ICPR 2010 Contents, Istanbul, Turkey, August 23-26, 2010, Contest Reports by Devrim Ünay, Zehra Çataltepe, Selim Aksoy

An important characteristic of systems developed to perform object recognition using SIFT is that they are robust to partial object occlusions. In order to deal with the considerable processing time of the algorithm, an implementation of the ...

Google previewOceanography and Marine Biology (2012)

An Annual Review by R. N. Gibson, R. J. A. Atkinson, J. D. M. Gordon, R. N. Hughes

SIFT is an algorithm employed in computer imaging to detect and describe local features in images (Lowe 1999). Interesting points of a particular organism can be extracted to provide a 'feature description' of the object. This description ...

Google previewComputing in Geographic Information Systems (2014)

by Narayan Panigrahi

Since the images to be registered or compared are of different scale and illumination condition, SIFT is the best prescribed method for feature extraction and registration. 5.7 Summary This chapter presents a brief review of research. TABLE 5.1 ...

Google previewHandbook of Digital Forensics of Multimedia Data and Devices, Enhanced E-Book (2016)

by Anthony T. S. Ho, Shujun Li

SIFT is a feature describing the distribution of orientations around specific keypoints in the image. It does so at multiple scales yielding a description of both details in the image as well as global characteristics. Often salient points in the image ...

Google previewComputational and Statistical Methods for Analysing Big Data with Applications (2015)

by Shen Liu, James Mcgree, Zongyuan Ge, Yang Xie

SIFT has much impact on geometry related problems such as stereo vision, motion recognition, etc. In fact, it has been evidenced to be a reliable system for wide-baseline stereo. Moreover, SIFT is the basis of the well-known Bags of Visual ...

Google previewPattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence (2007)

Second International Conference, PReMI 2007, Kolkata, India, December 18-22, 2007, Proceedings by Ashish Ghosh

SIFT is an efficient method to identify stable key locations in scale space. Therefore, the different scales of an image will have no effect on the set of key locations selected. The scale invariant feature transform which combines a scale invariant ...

Google previewEtymological Dictionary of the Kartvelian Languages (1998)

by Georgiĭ Andreevich Klimov

GZ *car- : cr- 'to sift; to disperse': ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

bulétdré, to sift meal—from OF. buire; mid. L. burm, coarse woolen cloth]: to separate the bran from the flour by shaking the mass backward and forward in a cloth of loose texture. BOLT'ING, imp.: N. the process of separating the bran from ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Biometrics (2009)

I - Z. by Stan Z. Li

Of late, one of the most popular techniques used in this process are the Shift Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT) features. In this algorithm, each image is represented by the set of directional gradient vectors on local regions. Using a similar ...

Google previewA New Dictionary of the English Language (1844)

by Charles Richardson

To sift is—To separate, ...

Google previewTuscarora-English/English-Tuscarora Dictionary (1999)

by Blair A. Rudes

-rhew- sift. v.r.-t. stat: -, hab: -ahs, pnt: ...

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A friend is one to whom one can pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keeping what is worth keeping, and, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
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Scrabble value of S1I1F4T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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