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Synonyms for sifting

the act of separating grain from chaff

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My dear Sir, you impress me with the highest opinion of your capacity for sifting human testimony
To it he thenceforth devoted most of his energies, reading and sifting the whole mass of available source-material and visiting the scenes of the chief historical events.
Whichever side you walk in the woods the partridge bursts away on whirring wings, jarring the snow from the dry leaves and twigs on high, which comes sifting down in the sunbeams like golden dust, for this brave bird is not to be scared by winter.
She then cross-examined all the articles which had raised her fears on the other side, and found, on fairly sifting the matter, that there was very little in them.
The process is not absolute or infallible, but it has been found capable of sifting beliefs and building up science.
The next day I set him to work beating some corn out, and sifting it in the manner I used to do, as I observed before; and he soon understood how to do it as well as I, especially after he had seen what the meaning of it was, and that it was to make bread of; for after that I let him see me make my bread, and bake it too; and in a little time Friday was able to do all the work for me as well as I could do it myself.
Her father was usually sifting and sifting at his parliamentary cinder-heap in London (without being observed to turn up many precious articles among the rubbish), and was still hard at it in the national dust- yard.
Now, it's too late for me to begin shovelling and sifting at alphabeds and grammar-books.
Tenders are invited for sand, gravel, sifting gravel (08.
Powdered sugar, for sifting on top of baked muffins (optional)
has designed the Centrifugal Sifter for high capacity sifting and large process applications.
Detecting especially mentions solid advice for discerning whether a person will be a compatible and trustworthy mate (hint: if he won't give you verifiable details about his address, phone number, family, or job he's probably a con man or worse) but also applies to sifting through lies, manipulative dogma, and half-truths in every aspect of life.
The New York Times reported: "In canvassing federal agencies, the [GAO] found that 52 were systematically sifting through computer data bases.