Skim meaning

skĭm
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.

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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.

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To move or pass swiftly and lightly over or near a surface; glide.
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To coat or cover with a thin layer.
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To give a quick and superficial reading, scrutiny, or consideration; glance.

Skimmed through the newspaper.

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To become coated with a thin layer.
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The act of skimming.
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Something that has been skimmed.
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A thin layer or film.

A skim of ice on the pond.

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The money stolen by skimming from an account or business operation.
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To coat or cover with a thin layer.

A pond skimmed with ice.

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To look at hastily or carelessly; glance through (a book, etc.) without reading word for word.
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(informal) To refrain from reporting for tax purposes (a percentage of income, gambling gains, etc.)
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To move along swiftly and lightly over a surface, through space, etc.; glide; sail.
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To make a rapid or careless examination, as of a book.
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To become thinly coated, as with scum.
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Something that has been skimmed.
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The act of skimming.
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A thin coating or film.
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That has been skimmed.
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(plastering) Designating or of a thin coat that serves as a final or leveling coat.
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(intransitive) To pass lightly; to glide along in an even, smooth course; to glide along near the surface.
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To pass near the surface of; to brush the surface of; to glide swiftly along the surface of.
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To hasten along with superficial attention.
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To put on a finishing coat of plaster.
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To throw an object so it bounces on water (skimming stones)
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(intransitive) To ricochet.
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To read quickly, skipping some detail.

I skimmed the newspaper over breakfast.

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To scrape off; to remove (something) from a surface.
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To clear (a liquid) from scum or substance floating or lying on it, by means of a utensil that passes just beneath the surface.

To skim milk; to skim broth.

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To clear a liquid from (scum or substance floating or lying on it), especially the cream that floats on top of fresh milk.

To skim cream.

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(of milk) Having lowered fat content.
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To fail to declare certain income to avoid tax payment.
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Origin of skim

  • Middle English skimmen perhaps from Old French escumer to remove scum from escume scum of Germanic origin (s)keu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English skimmen

    From Wiktionary