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.

  • n. 
  • skim milk.skimmilk

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    skim /skɪm/ vb (skims, skimming, skimmed)
    1. (transitive) to remove floating material from the surface of (a liquid), as with a spoon: to skim milk
    2. to glide smoothly or lightly over (a surface)
    3. (transitive) to throw (something) in a path over a surface, so as to bounce or ricochet: to skim stones over water
    4. when intr, usually followed by through: to read (a book) in a superficial or cursory manner
    1. the act or process of skimming
    2. material skimmed off a liquid, esp off milk
    3. any thin layer covering a surface
    Etymology: 15th Century skimmen, probably from scumen to skim; see scum

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