noun a thin layer covering the surface of a liquid
- there was a thin skim of oil on the water
noun reading or glancing through quickly
verb travel on the surface of water
verb move or pass swiftly and lightly over the surface of
verb examine hastily
glance over; rake; run down; scan.
- She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi
verb cause to skip over a surface
- Skip a stone across the pond
verb coat (a liquid) with a layer
verb remove from the surface
cream off; skim off; cream.
- skim cream from the surface of milk
verb read superficially
adjective satellite used of milk and milk products from which the cream has been removed
- yogurt made with skim milk
- she can drink skimmed milk but should avoid butter
Skim transitive verb
Cf. Sw. skymma
to darken. See Scum
imperfect & past participle Skimmed ; present participle & verbal noun Skimming
- To clear (a liquid) from scum or substance floating or lying thereon, by means of a utensil that passes just beneath the surface; as, to skim milk; to skim broth.
- To take off by skimming; as, to skim cream.
- To pass near the surface of; to brush the surface of; to glide swiftly along the surface of.
Homer describes Mercury as flinging himself from the top of Olympus, and skimming the surface of the ocean.
- Fig.: To read or examine superficially and rapidly, in order to cull the principal facts or thoughts; as, to skim a book or a newspaper.
Skim intransitive verb
- To pass lightly; to glide along in an even, smooth course; to glide along near the surface.
Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain,
Flies o'er the unbending corn, and skims along the main.
- To hasten along with superficial attention.
They skim over a science in a very superficial survey.
- To put on the finishing coat of plaster.
- Contraction of Skimming and Skimmed.
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