To skim is to remove things from the surface of a liquid or to take money off the top.verb
- An example of skim is when you use a net to fish leaves out of the swimming pool.
- An example of skim means that you steal money from the cash register when you are working.
To skim is to read over something quickly or to glance over something.verb
An example of skim is when you just take a quick glance at your class notes.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- to clear (a liquid) of floating matter
- to remove (floating matter) from a liquid
- to coat or cover with a thin layer: a pond skimmed with ice
- to look at hastily or carelessly; glance through (a book, etc.) without reading word for word
- to glide or pass swiftly and lightly over
- to throw so as to cause to bounce or ricochet swiftly and lightly: to skim a flat stone across a pond
- Slang to refrain from reporting for tax purposes (a percentage of income, gambling gains, etc.)
Origin: ME skimen, prob. akin to scum
- to move along swiftly and lightly over a surface, through space, etc.; glide; sail
- to make a rapid or careless examination, as of a book: usually with over or through
- to become thinly coated, as with scum
- something that has been skimmed
- the act of skimming
- a thin coating or film
- that has been skimmed
- designating or of a finishing coat of plaster: skim coat
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verb skimmed skimmed, skim·ming, skims verb, transitive
- a. To remove floating matter from (a liquid).b. To remove (floating matter) from a liquid.c. To take away the choicest or most readily attainable contents or parts from.
- To coat or cover with or as if with a thin layer, as of scum.
- a. To throw so as to bounce or slide: skimming stones on the pond.b. To glide or pass quickly and lightly over or along (a surface). See Synonyms at brush1.
- To read or glance through (a book, for example) quickly or superficially.
- Slang To fail to declare part of (certain income, such as winnings) to avoid tax payment.
- To move or pass swiftly and lightly over or near a surface; glide.
- To give a quick and superficial reading, scrutiny, or consideration; glance: skimmed through the newspaper.
- To become coated with a thin layer.
- Slang To fail to declare certain income to avoid tax payment.
- The act of skimming.
- Something that has been skimmed.
- A thin layer or film.
- Slang The profit gained by skimming.
Origin: Middle English skimmen, perhaps from Old French escumer, to remove scum, from escume, scum, of Germanic origin; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.
skim - Business Definition
- To confiscate money before it is counted or reported. In the simplest case, for example, a clerk skims a small amount of cash from a register. In a more elaborate scheme, a firm's controller skims substantial funds by falsifying bank deposit slips received from the organization's bookkeeper.
- Charging high prices for a short period while a product is unique and in large demand. The price is ultimately lowered when competing products are introduced. For example, car dealers charge more than the suggested retail price for a new model in great demand. After several years, the same model is offered at a discount when competitors introduce their own new products.