[ skim ]
/ skɪm /
verb (used with object), skimmed, skim·ming.
to take up or remove (floating matter) from the surface of a liquid, as with a spoon or ladle: to skim the cream from milk.
to clear (liquid) thus: to skim milk.
to move or glide lightly over or along (a surface, as of water): The sailboat skimmed the lake.
to throw in a smooth, gliding path over or near a surface, or so as to bounce or ricochet along a surface: to skim a stone across the lake.
to read, study, consider, treat, etc., in a superficial or cursory manner.
to cover, as a liquid, with a thin film or layer: Ice skimmed the lake at night.
to take the best or most available parts or items from: Bargain hunters skimmed the flea markets early in the morning.
to take (the best or most available parts or items) from something: The real bargains had been skimmed by early shoppers.
Metallurgy. to remove (slag, scum, or dross) from the surface of molten metal.
- to conceal a portion of (winnings, earnings, etc.) in order to avoid paying income taxes, commissions, or the like on the actual total revenue (sometimes followed by off): The casino skimmed two million a year.
- to take, remove, or appropriate for illegal use: to skim information from another's credit card.
verb (used without object), skimmed, skim·ming.
to pass or glide lightly over or near a surface.
to read, study, consider, etc., something in a superficial or cursory way.
to become covered with a thin film or layer.
Slang. to conceal gambling or other profits so as to avoid paying taxes, etc.; practice skimming.
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Origin of skim
1375–1425; late Middle English skymen, skemen, variant of scumen to skim; see scum
Related formsun·skimmed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for skim off (1 of 2)
(tr, adverb) to take the best part ofthe teacher skimmed off the able pupils for his class
British Dictionary definitions for skim off (2 of 2)
/ (skɪm) /
verb skims, skimming or skimmed
(tr) to remove floating material from the surface of (a liquid), as with a spoonto skim milk
to glide smoothly or lightly over (a surface)
(tr) to throw (something) in a path over a surface, so as to bounce or ricochetto skim stones over water
(when intr, usually foll by through) to read (a book) in a superficial or cursory manner
to cover (a liquid) with a thin layer or (of liquid) to become coated in this way, as with ice, scum, etc
the act or process of skimming
material skimmed off a liquid, esp off milk
the liquid left after skimming
any thin layer covering a surface
See also skim off
Word Origin for skim
C15 skimmen, probably from scumen to skim; see scum
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