verb (used with object), skimmed, skimming.
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.
to clear (liquid) thus:
to skim milk.
to move or glide lightly over or along (a surface, as of water):
The sailboat skimmed the lake.
to throw in a smooth, gliding path over or near a surface, or so as to bounce or ricochet along a surface:
to skim a stone across the lake.
to read, study, consider, treat, etc., in a superficial or cursory manner.
to cover, as a liquid, with a thin film or layer:
Ice skimmed the lake at night.
to take the best or most available parts or items from:
Bargain hunters skimmed the flea markets early in the morning.
to take (the best or most available parts or items) from something:
The real bargains had been skimmed by early shoppers.
Metallurgy. to remove (slag, scum, or dross) from the surface of molten metal.
to conceal a portion of (winnings, earnings, etc.) in order to avoid paying income taxes, commissions, or the like on the actual total revenue (sometimes followed by off):
The casino skimmed two million a year.
to take, remove, or appropriate for illegal use:
to skim information from another’s credit card.
verb (used without object), skimmed, skimming.
to pass or glide lightly over or near a surface.
to read, study, consider, etc., something in a superficial or cursory way.
to become covered with a thin film or layer.
Slang. to conceal gambling or other profits so as to avoid paying taxes, etc.; practice skimming.
an act or instance of skimming.
something that is skimmed off.
a thin layer or film formed on the surface of something, especially a liquid, as the coagulated protein material formed on boiled milk.
a thin layer, as of mortar.
Slang. the amount taken or concealed by skimming.
verb skims, skimming, skimmed
(transitive) to remove floating material from the surface of (a liquid), as with a spoon: to skim milk
to glide smoothly or lightly over (a surface)
(transitive) to throw (something) in a path over a surface, so as to bounce or ricochet: to skim stones over water
when intr, usually foll by through. to read (a book) in a superficial or cursory manner
to cover (a liquid) with a thin layer or (of liquid) to become coated in this way, as with ice, scum, etc
the act or process of skimming
material skimmed off a liquid, esp off milk
the liquid left after skimming
any thin layer covering a surface
noun 1. a type of short, rounded surfboard used for riding in shallow water. noun 1. a type of surfboard, shorter than standard and rounded at both ends verb 2. (intransitive) to surf on a skimboard
noun, Slang. 1. a womanizer. skip tracer
noun 1. the part of a gown, dress, slip, or coat that extends downward from the waist. 2. a one-piece garment extending downward from the waist and not joined between the legs, worn especially by women and girls. 3. some part resembling or suggesting the skirt of a garment, as the flared lip of a […]
noun 1. (Austral) a man who skirts fleeces See skirt (sense 13)