from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To remove floating matter from (a liquid).
- transitive v. To remove (floating matter) from a liquid.
- transitive v. To take away the choicest or most readily attainable contents or parts from.
- transitive v. To coat or cover with or as if with a thin layer, as of scum.
- transitive v. To throw so as to bounce or slide: skimming stones on the pond.
- transitive v. To glide or pass quickly and lightly over or along (a surface). See Synonyms at brush1.
- transitive v. To read or glance through (a book, for example) quickly or superficially.
- transitive v. Slang To fail to declare part of (certain income, such as winnings) to avoid tax payment.
- intransitive v. To move or pass swiftly and lightly over or near a surface; glide.
- intransitive v. To give a quick and superficial reading, scrutiny, or consideration; glance: skimmed through the newspaper.
- intransitive v. To become coated with a thin layer.
- intransitive v. Slang To fail to declare certain income to avoid tax payment.
- n. The act of skimming.
- n. Something that has been skimmed.
- n. A thin layer or film.
- n. Slang The profit gained by skimming.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to throw an object so it bounces on water (skimming stones)
- v. to ricochet
- v. to read quickly, skipping some detail
- v. to scrape off; to remove (something) from a surface
- v. to carefully remove the cream that floats on top of fresh milk
- adj. Having lowered fat content.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To clear (a liquid) from scum or substance floating or lying thereon, by means of a utensil that passes just beneath the surface
- transitive v. To take off by skimming.
- transitive v. To pass near the surface of; to brush the surface of; to glide swiftly along the surface of.
- transitive v. Fig.: To read or examine superficially and rapidly, in order to cull the principal facts or thoughts.
- intransitive v. To pass lightly; to glide along in an even, smooth course; to glide along near the surface.
- intransitive v. To hasten along with superficial attention.
- intransitive v. To put on the finishing coat of plaster.
- adj. Contraction of skimming and skimmed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lift the scum from; clear the surface of by removing any floating matter, by means of a spoon, a flat ladle, or the like: as, to skim soup by removing the oil or fat; to skim milk by taking off the cream.
- To lift from the surface of a liquid by a sliding movement, as with a puddle, a flat ladle, a spoon, or the like; dip up with or as with a skimmer, as cream from milk or fat from soup; hence, to clear away; remove.
- To clear; rid; free from obstacles or enemies.
- To mow.
- To cover with a film or scum; coat over.
- To pass lightly along or near the surface of; move smoothly and lightly over; glide, float, fly, or run over the surface of.
- To pass over lightly in perusal or inspection; glance over hastily or superficially.
- To cause to dart, skip, or ricochet along a surface; hurl along a surface in a smooth, straight course.
- To pass lightly and smoothly over a surface; hence, to glide or dart along in a smooth, even course.
- To pass in hasty inspection or consideration, as over the surface of something; observe or consider lightly or superficially.
- To become covered with a scum or film; be coated over.
- n. The act of skimming; also, that which is skimmed off.
- n. Thick matter that forms or collects on the surface of a liquor; scum.
- In plastering, to put the finishing coat or skim-coat on.
- n. A cultivator blade for surface work, analogous to a sweep. See scalp, 7, and sweep, 12 .
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a thin layer covering the surface of a liquid
- v. coat (a liquid) with a layer
- v. move or pass swiftly and lightly over the surface of
- v. cause to skip over a surface
- adj. used of milk and milk products from which the cream has been removed
- v. examine hastily
- v. travel on the surface of water
- v. remove from the surface
- v. read superficially
- n. reading or glancing through quickly
Middle English skimmen, perhaps from Old French escumer, to remove scum, from escume, scum, of Germanic origin; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English skimmen (Wiktionary)