What does the word sieve mean?

Usage examples for sieve

  1. Trim them and drain them on a sieve, and send up melted butter with them, which some put into small cups, so that each guest may have one. – A Poetical Cook-Book by Maria J. Moss
  2. " It be Liverpool he mean, Mr Newton; but your good father be a little damaged in his upper works; his memory box is like a sieve. – Newton Forster by Frederick Marryat