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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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It is ideal for sizing, sifting, scalping, classifying, breaking of agglomerates, and product conditioning applications.
Sifting through material extracted from 420-million-year-old rocks along the England-Wales border, scientists have found what appear to be charcoal remnants of the earliest known wildfire.
All 10 were present during sifting of dirt through screens on June 19; symptoms began 9-12 days later (median 10).
This is handy as you can hold the sifter easily on the tub, sifting whatever you are sifting into it without getting it all over, whether it be dirt or cornmeal.
Together the judges sat for almost two hours, sifting through artwork.
As Neff and Grayson started sifting through their charred and soot-stained possessions, Missoula investigators started sifting through evidence, speculation, and suspicion.
Employees waste work time sifting through dozens of unsolicited e-mails every day.
MERINGUE: Carob or cocoa powder for sifting, 6 egg whites, 412oz (125g) pack fructose sugar, 5oz (140g) ground hazelnuts.
Drew's sifting through his urban landscape in search of the scenario that defines him reminds one, too, of literature--of Peola in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, who does not speak until spoken to, intent on finding the junked lot of her world a "signifying" event.
By far, a sifting litter box is the best design to prevent clogging, but effective designs are enclosed, which cats tend not to like.
The Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, has also published the criteria it will use when sifting any proposals for additional long term airport capacity.