strainer n : a filter to retain larger pieces while smaller pieces and liquids pass through
- Rhymes: -eɪnə(r)
- One who strains.
- That through which any liquid is passed for purification or to separate it from solid matter; anything, as a screen or a cloth, used to strain a liquid; a device of the character of a sieve or of a filter; specifically, an openwork or perforated screen, as for the end of the suction pipe of a pump, to prevent large solid bodies from entering with a liquid.
In general, a sieve separates wanted/desired elements from unwanted material using a tool such as a mesh, net or other filtration or distillation methods, but it is also used for classification of powders by particle size, or for size measurement as an analytical technique. The word "sift" derives from this term. A strainer is a type of sieve typically associated with separating liquids from solids.
Sieve may mean:
- a colander, a (typically) bowl-shaped sieve used as a strainer in cooking
- a chinoise, or conical sieve used as a strainer, also sometimes used like a food mill
- a tamis, also known as a drum sieve
- a zaru, or bamboo sieve, used in Japanese cooking
- a flour sifter, used in baking
- a mesh strainer, or just "strainer," usually consisting of a fine metal mesh screen on a metal frame
- a tea strainer, specifically intended for use when making tea
- a cocktail strainer, a bar accessory
- in transport phenomena, see sieving coefficient
- in the mining industry, a mesh used to separate fine particles from coarse ones
- in particle-size analysis or particle size measurement multiple sieving is a procedure or technique
- a stainless steel strainer, used in plumbing
- in metaphor and simile, sieve may often be used to refer to things that are leaky, as a sieve used for a bowl.
- On rivers, a sieve or strainer is a dangerous obstacle that water can pass through, but people cannot. See Obstacle in whitewater canoing
- the Sieve, a river in Italy
strainer in Catalan: Garbell
strainer in German: Sieb
strainer in French: Passoire
strainer in Japanese: 篩
strainer in Dutch: Zeef
strainer in Polish: sito
strainer in Portuguese: Crivo
strainer in Spanish: Rejilla
strainer in Spanish: Filtro
strainer in Swedish: Såll