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  • n. Any of various predatory insects of the family Gerridae that skim about on the surface of ponds, slow streams, marshes, and other quiet waters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any one of the aquatic bugs of the family Hydrobatidæ. See skater, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. long-legged bug that skims about on the surface of water


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  • If you have never believed that Jesus had actually walked on water, as the Bible states, you would have become a sound believer had you witnessed the eight terrified British squaddies that afternoon as we sprinted 'pond-skater like' back across the Hot Chocolate river to the safety of the tented camp.

    Army Rumour Service

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