- To skim is to remove things from the surface of a liquid or to take money off the top.
- 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.
An example of skim is when you just take a quick glance at your class notes.
A pool clearner uses a net to skim leaves from a pool.
skim definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English skimen, probably 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
skim definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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.