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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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Add the zest, juice and rosewater to the mix and fold in the sifted flour until fully combined.
Add half of the sifted flour and half of the milk to the butter/sugar and mix thoroughly, then add the other half, mix until light and fluffy.
Carefully stack the cakes together on a pedestal plate, if you have one, with the raspberry edged cake on top, then dust the raspberries with a little sifted icing sugar.
The debris that was sifted by our machines down to one-quarter inch was known as fines.
Everything Goes Down a Changeling: A great cloud of tiny insects--ingenious,/the summer light sifted through all those wings/like that, like a thought shifting/over a bog veined in bright water./The air was coming down/with an imminent rain--I could feel it./And you were there, shaking your head,/smiling at the camera though I felt slighted./Everything goes down a changeling, you said./You've got to have it how you can./So it was hopeless already when I noticed/that my legs were running/with blood, with mosquitos thickly drowning,/when you turned from me saying,/well, it's what you wanted.
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.
To deal with the challenges, the company first sifted through a barrage of available technology and carefully chose which technologies fit the business at an affordable price.
At APM, about 20 percent of incoming batches must be sifted, as they arrive mixed with large pieces of paper towel shreds, straw from brooms, paper clips, plaster pieces and plastics from impression trays.
On Wednesday, volunteers sifted through 379 pounds of trash and recovered more than 249 pounds of recyclable and compostable materials.
Curator Connie Butler has sifted through MOCA'S permanent collection and selected more than three hundred documentary photographs from the 1930S through the '80s, including portfolios by Arbus, Brassai, Frank, Friedlander, Levitt, and Winogrand.
So far Sift has concentrated on offering Web-based information services that combine DataStar databases with sifted content from the Web and discussion forums.