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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
skim /skɪm/USA pronunciation
v., skimmed, skim•ming, n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to remove (floating matter) from the surface of a liquid, as with a spoon: [~ + object ( + off)]to skim the fat off.[~ + object ( + off + object)]to skim the fat off the soup.
- to clear (liquid) in this way[~ + object]to skim milk.
- to glide lightly over (a surface, as of water): [no object]The seaplane skimmed over the water and then landed.[~ + object]The plane skimmed the water barely a few feet from the surface.
- to (cause to) be thrown in a smooth, gliding path over a surface, or so as to bounce along a surface: [~ + object]She learned to skim stones across the lake.[no object]She threw the flat stone and watched it skim across the lake.
- to read, study, etc., quickly but not carefully: [~ + object]She teaches her students how to skim the chapters they read for the main idea.[no object]teaching her students to skim and not to read every word.
- to take (money, the best items, etc.) from something: [~ ( + off) + object]The mobsters skimmed (off) 20% of the store's profits for "protection money.''[~ + object + off + object]to skim 25% off their profits.
- skim milk.
(skim), v., skimmed, skim•ming, n.
- to take up or remove (floating matter) from the surface of a liquid, as with a spoon or ladle:to skim the cream from milk.
- to clear (liquid) thus:to skim milk.
- to move or glide lightly over or along (a surface, as of water):The sailboat skimmed the lake.
- to throw in a smooth, gliding path over or near a surface, or so as to bounce or ricochet along a surface:to skim a stone across the lake.
- to read, study, consider, treat, etc., in a superficial or cursory manner.
- to cover, as a liquid, with a thin film or layer:Ice skimmed the lake at night.
- to take the best or most available parts or items from:Bargain hunters skimmed the flea markets early in the morning.
- to take (the best or most available parts or items) from something:The real bargains had been skimmed by early shoppers.
- Metallurgy[Metall.]to remove (slag, scum, or dross) from the surface of molten metal.
- to conceal a portion of (winnings, earnings, etc.) in order to avoid paying income taxes, commissions, or the like on the actual total revenue (sometimes fol. by off ):The casino skimmed two million a year.
- to take, remove, or appropriate for illegal use:to skim information from another's credit card.
- to pass or glide lightly over or near a surface.
- to read, study, consider, etc., something in a superficial or cursory way.
- to become covered with a thin film or layer.
- Sport, Slang Terms[Slang.]to conceal gambling or other profits so as to avoid paying taxes, etc.;
- an act or instance of skimming.
- something that is skimmed off.
- a thin layer or film formed on the surface of something, esp. a liquid, as the coagulated protein material formed on boiled milk.
- Buildinga thin layer, as of mortar.
- Slang Terms[Slang.]the amount taken or concealed by skimming.
- See skim milk.
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late Middle English skymen, skemen, variant of scumen to skim;
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
skim /skɪm/ vb (skims, skimming, skimmed)
- (transitive) to remove floating material from the surface of (a liquid), as with a spoon: to skim milk
- to glide smoothly or lightly over (a surface)
- (transitive) to throw (something) in a path over a surface, so as to bounce or ricochet: to skim stones over water
- when intr, usually followed by through: to read (a book) in a superficial or cursory manner
Etymology: 15th Century skimmen, probably from scumen to skim; see scum
- the act or process of skimming
- material skimmed off a liquid, esp off milk
- any thin layer covering a surface
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