# Sieve vs Strainer - What's the difference?

sieve | strainer |

## As nouns the difference between sieve and strainer

is that sieve is a device to , in a granular material, larger particles from smaller ones, or to separate solid objects from a liquid while strainer is a device through which a liquid is passed for purification, filtering or separation from solid matter; anything (including a screen or a cloth) used to strain a liquid; any device functioning as a sieve or filter - in special, a perforated screen or openwork (usually at the end of a suction pipe of a pump), used to prevent solid bodies from mixing in a liquid stream or flowline.

## As a verb sieve

is to strain, sift or sort using a sieve.

# sieve

## English

(wikipedia sieve)

### Noun

(en noun)
• A device to , in a granular material, larger particles from smaller ones, or to separate solid objects from a liquid.
• Use the sieve to get the pasta from the water.
• A process, physical or abstract, that arrives at a final result by filtering out unwanted pieces of input from a larger starting set of input.
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• , year = 2010 , author = Luke Mastin , title = 20TH CENTURY MATHEMATICS - ROBINSON AND MATIYASEVICH , site = www.storyofmathematics.com , url = http://www.storyofmathematics.com/20th_robinson.html , accessdate = 2013-09-08 }}
Among, [sic ] his other achievements, Matiyasevich and his colleague Boris Stechkin also developed an interesting “visual sieve ” for prime numbers, which effectively “crosses out” all the composite numbers, leaving only the primes.
Given a list of consecutive numbers starting at 1, the Sieve of Eratosthenes algorithm will find all of the prime numbers.
• (obsolete) A kind of coarse basket.
• (Simmonds)

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### Verb

(siev)
• To strain, sift or sort using a sieve.
• # strainer

## English

### Noun

(en noun)
• A device through which a liquid is passed for purification, filtering or separation from solid matter; anything (including a screen or a cloth) used to strain a liquid; any device functioning as a sieve or filter - in special, a perforated screen or openwork (usually at the end of a suction pipe of a pump), used to prevent solid bodies from mixing in a liquid stream or flowline.
• One who strains.
• #### Synonyms

* (device for straining liquids)

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