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sift

[sift]
(computer science)
To extract certain desired information items from a large quantity of data.

SIFT

SHARE Internal Fortran Translator. Translation utility designed for converting Fortran II to Fortran IV. The word "sift" was often used as a verb to describe converting code from one language to another. Sammet 1969, p.153.
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To prevent this, we had a worker running an excavator machine that pulled the steel out of the debris before it was sifted.
In a small bowl, toss chocolate chips with 2 1/2 teaspoons of sifted mixture.
At the chief executive's request their contents have been sifted and any important council documents retained.
The two ill archeologists worked on June 19, when dirt near the petroglyphs was sifted with screens (archeologists A and B, Figure 2).
But it is easier to lift plants out of sifted soil.
On Wednesday, volunteers sifted through 379 pounds of trash and recovered more than 249 pounds of recyclable and compostable materials.