Part of speech: noun

A perforated vessel for straining liquids, etc.

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Usage examples "colander":

  1. Perhaps may be seen by this time the remote connection between that tragic gesture of Frank Simonds on the Saturday afternoon, calling on heaven and the Divine Mind that pitilessly strains its little creatures through the holes of a mighty colander- between that tragic gesture, I say, and Isabelle's delightful dinner of ten courses,- champagne and terrapin! - "Together", Robert Herrick (1868-1938).
  2. There will be a day of judgment at the last, when all things will have to pass, as they say, through the holes of the colander, and it will then be known who was the scoundrel that has had the audacity to plunder and make off with the whole third of the revenue of a chapelry! - "The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes", Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
  3. The instant they are done, take them up into a colander, place a plate over them, let them thoroughly drain, dish, and serve. - "The Book of Household Management", Mrs. Isabella Beeton.