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sift | skift |

As a verb sift

is to sieve or strain (something).

As a noun skift is

a light dusting of snow.




  • To sieve or strain (something).
  • To separate or scatter (things) as if by sieving.
  • To examine (something) carefully.
  • * 1748 . David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 28.
  • But if we still carry on our sifting humour, and ask, What is the foundation of all conclusions from experience ? this implies a new question.
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    It immediately occurred to him to sift her on the subject of Isabella and Theodore.

    Derived terms

    * sifter


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    (en noun)
  • A light dusting of snow.
  • * 2010 , Mark Parman, A Grouse Hunter’s Almanac: The Other Kind of Hunting (page 84)
  • A skift of snow had fallen overnight on the ski trails, and Paul had yet to groom them and erase the tracks in the new snow.