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skimming

[skim-ing]
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noun
  1. Usually skimmings. something that is removed by skimming.
  2. skimmings, Metallurgy. dross.
  3. Slang. the practice of concealing gambling or other profits so as to avoid paying taxes, commissions, etc.
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Origin of skimming

First recorded in 1400–50, skimming is from the late Middle English word skemmyng. See skim, -ing1

skim

[skim]
verb (used with object), skimmed, skim·ming.
  1. 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.
  2. to clear (liquid) thus: to skim milk.
  3. to move or glide lightly over or along (a surface, as of water): The sailboat skimmed the lake.
  4. 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.
  5. to read, study, consider, treat, etc., in a superficial or cursory manner.
  6. to cover, as a liquid, with a thin film or layer: Ice skimmed the lake at night.
  7. to take the best or most available parts or items from: Bargain hunters skimmed the flea markets early in the morning.
  8. to take (the best or most available parts or items) from something: The real bargains had been skimmed by early shoppers.
  9. Metallurgy. to remove (slag, scum, or dross) from the surface of molten metal.
  10. Slang.
    1. 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.
    2. to take, remove, or appropriate for illegal use: to skim information from another's credit card.
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verb (used without object), skimmed, skim·ming.
  1. to pass or glide lightly over or near a surface.
  2. to read, study, consider, etc., something in a superficial or cursory way.
  3. to become covered with a thin film or layer.
  4. Slang. to conceal gambling or other profits so as to avoid paying taxes, etc.; practice skimming.
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noun
  1. an act or instance of skimming.
  2. something that is skimmed off.
  3. a thin layer or film formed on the surface of something, especially a liquid, as the coagulated protein material formed on boiled milk.
  4. a thin layer, as of mortar.
  5. Slang. the amount taken or concealed by skimming.
  6. skim milk.
  7. Obsolete. scum.
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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

Synonyms for skim

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5. scan. 12. glance.
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Related Words for skimming

shave, glance, graze, skip, skitter, ricochet, dart, carom, scan, browse, ream, ladle, top, separate, scoop, brush, dip, cream, shoot, fly

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British Dictionary definitions for skimming

skim

verb skims, skimming or skimmed
  1. (tr) to remove floating material from the surface of (a liquid), as with a spoonto skim milk
  2. to glide smoothly or lightly over (a surface)
  3. (tr) to throw (something) in a path over a surface, so as to bounce or ricochetto skim stones over water
  4. (when intr, usually foll by through) to read (a book) in a superficial or cursory manner
  5. to cover (a liquid) with a thin layer or (of liquid) to become coated in this way, as with ice, scum, etc
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noun
  1. the act or process of skimming
  2. material skimmed off a liquid, esp off milk
  3. the liquid left after skimming
  4. any thin layer covering a surface
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See also skim off

Word Origin for skim

C15 skimmen, probably from scumen to skim; see scum
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Word Origin and History for skimming

skim

v.

early 15c. (skimmer, the utensil, is attested from late 14c.), "to clear (a liquid) from matter floating on the surface, lift the scum from," from Old French escumer "remove scum," from escume (Modern French écume) "scum," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German scum "scum," German Schaum; see scum). Meaning "to throw (a stone) so as to skip across the surface of (water) is from 1610s. Meaning "to move lightly and rapidly over the surface of" is from 1650s, from the motion involved in skimming liquid; that of "to glance over carelessly" (in reference to printed matter) recorded by 1799. Related: Skimmed; skimming.

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