AskDefine | Define strainer

Dictionary Definition

strainer n : a filter to retain larger pieces while smaller pieces and liquids pass through

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Pronunciation

Noun

  1. One who strains.
  2. 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.

Translations

utensil

Extensive Definition

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:

Cooking

Chemistry

(see also: Filter)

Mathematics

Computer science

Cryptography

Other uses

  • 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.
    • In particular, in hockey, a goaltender who lets a lot of goals through is sometimes compared to a sieve. (In college hockey students chant the word "sieve" at the opposite goalie)
    • In basketball, a player who is a poor defender is sometimes referred to as a "sieve."
  • 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

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