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  Dictionary Definition of sieve

sieve
noun, verb, sieved, sieving.

-- noun
1. an instrument, with a meshed or perforated bottom, used for separating coarse from fine parts of loose matter, for straining liquids, etc., especially one with a circular frame and fine meshes or perforations.
2. Colloquial one who cannot keep a secret.
-- verb (t)
3. to put or force through a sieve; sift.
-- phrase
4. have a head like a sieve, Colloquial to be very forgetful.
[ME sive, OE sife, c. G Sieb ]