Skim Skim (sk[i^]m), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Skimmed} (sk[i^]md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Skimming}.] [Cf. Sw. skymma to darken. [root]158. See {Scum}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To take off by skimming; as, to skim cream. [1913 Webster]

3. To pass near the surface of; to brush the surface of; to glide swiftly along the surface of. [1913 Webster]

Homer describes Mercury as flinging himself from the top of Olympus, and skimming the surface of the ocean. --Hazlitt. [1913 Webster]

4. 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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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