make an effort or attempt; "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"
a quantitative or qualitative test of a substance (especially an ore or a drug) to determine its components; frequently used to test for the presence or concentration of infectious agents or antibodies etc.
an appraisal of the state of affairs;
a written report of the results of an analysis of the composition of some substance
a substance that is undergoing an analysis of its components
analyze (chemical substances)
the ball-shaped capsule containing the vertebrate eye
separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour"
check and sort carefully; "sift the information"
move as if through a sieve; "The soldiers sifted through the woods"
distinguish and separate out; "sift through the job candidates"