to go, run, or glide lightly or rapidly.
to skim along a surface.
Angling. to draw a lure or a baited hook over the water with a skipping motion.
to cause to skitter.
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How to use skitter in a sentence
You may have noticed droplets of water skittering around on the film of hot oil when you’re frying something in a skillet.
These eight-legged critters scale walls and skitter on ceilings, clinging in seemingly impossible ways.
Scorpions use tiny hairs on their legs and body to sense vibrations and will likely skitter into a safe hiding place before you even see them.Everything you need to know about scorpion stings and venom | John Kennedy | July 22, 2021 | Popular-Science
Researchers will unsettle the pond bottom and the beetles float to the surface, where they skitter around upside-down, he explains.These beetles walk on water, upside down, underneath the surface | Jake Buehler | June 28, 2021 | Science News
Let the green stalks spurt and skitter across the skillet just until they turn bright green with a few spotty blisters.Seared steak and asparagus donburi take that bowl of rice to new heights | Daniela Galarza | June 3, 2021 | Washington Post
Moving another notch down caused the picture to skitter back and forth on the screen.The Time Traders | Andre Norton
When you quit skitter Bend, like the whipped cur you wus, I wus right hot on your trail.The Night Riders | Ridgwell Cullum
We saw the ruffled grouse whir through the thickets and the wild ducks skitter down the stream ahead of us.Days Off | Henry Van Dyke
He divided with me, told me to fasten one upon the end of my line and skitter it over the water.With Rod and Line in Colorado Waters | Lewis B. France
skitter and spit dust—use it all, but keep us clear for three minutes!The Butterfly Kiss | Arthur Dekker Savage
British Dictionary definitions for skitter
(intr often foll by off) to move or run rapidly or lightly; scamper
to skim or cause to skim lightly and rapidly, as across the surface of water
(intr) angling to draw a bait lightly over the surface of water
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