skim [skım] v past tense and past participle skimmed present participle skimming
[Date: 1400-1500; Origin: Perhaps from scum 'to remove scum' (14-19 centuries), from scum (noun)]
1.) [T]
to remove something from the surface of a liquid, especially floating fat, solids, or oil
skim sth off/from sth
After simmering the meat, skim the fat from the surface.
2.) [I and T]
to read something quickly to find the main facts or ideas in it
= ↑scan
Julie skimmed the sports page.
skim through/over
Just skim through the second section to save time.
3.) [T]
to move along quickly over a surface, never touching it or not touching it often
seagulls skimming the waves
skim over/along/across
The ball skimmed across the grass and stopped against the wall.
4.) skim stones/pebbles etc
BrE to throw smooth, flat stones into a lake, river etc in a way that makes them jump across the surface
American Equivalent: skip
skim off [skim sb/sth<=>off] phr v
1.) to take the best people or the best part of something for yourself
Professional sport skims off all the best players.
2.) to take money illegally or dishonestly
For years his business partner had been skimming off the profits.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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  • skim — /skim/, v., skimmed, skimming, n. v.t. 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… …   Universalium

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