from The Century Dictionary.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun 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 2009


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