WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
skim /skɪm/USA pronunciation
v., skimmed, skim•ming,n.
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.
[~ + object] to clear (liquid) in this way: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.
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
'skimming' also found in these entries: