I. verb (skimmed; skimming) Etymology: Middle English skymmen, skemen, probably from Anglo-French escumer, from escume foam, scum, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch schum scum — more at scum Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to clear (a liquid) of scum or floating substance <
skim boiling syrup
b. to remove (as film or scum) from the surface of a liquid c. to remove cream from by skimming d. to remove the best or most easily obtainable contents from 2. to read, study, or examine superficially and rapidly; especially to glance through (as a book) for the chief ideas or the plot 3. to throw in a gliding path; especially to throw so as to ricochet along the surface of water 4. to cover with or as if with a film, scum, or coat 5. to pass swiftly or lightly over 6. a. to remove or conceal (as a portion of casino profits) to avoid payment of taxes b. embezzle <
skimming money from employee pension plans
intransitive verb 1. a. to pass lightly or hastily ; glide or skip along, above, or near a surface b. to give a cursory glance, consideration, or reading 2. to become coated with a thin layer of film or scum 3. to put on a finishing coat of plaster 4. to embezzle money II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a thin layer, coating, or film 2. the act of skimming 3. something skimmed; specifically skim milk III. adjective Date: 1794 1. having the cream removed by skimming 2. made of skim milk <
skim cheese

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • skim — [ skım ] verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive to move quickly over the surface of something, or to make something do this: We stood on the bridge watching swallows skimming the water. skim across/over: Water skiers skimmed across the bay. a )… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skim — Skim, a. Contraction of {Skimming} and {Skimmed}. [1913 Webster] {Skim coat}, the final or finishing coat of plaster. {Skim colter}, a colter for paring off the surface of land. {Skim milk}, skimmed milk; milk from which the cream has been taken …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • skim — index border (approach), read, review Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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