from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A portion that has been skimmed from a liquid.
  • noun An embezzlement fraud in which the information on a credit card is copied, usually when the owner uses the card to make a purchase, and is then loaded onto a fake card to be used fraudulently.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of one who or that which skims.
  • noun That which is removed by skimming; scum: chiefly used in the plural.
  • noun plural In the coffee trade, the musty part of the coffee which is taken from the bags after being on shipboard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of one who skims.
  • noun That which is skimmed from the surface of a liquid; -- chiefly used in the plural.

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

  • verb Present participle of skim.
  • noun Something skimmed from a surface etc.
  • noun A motion or action that skims.

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

  • noun reading or glancing through quickly
  • noun failure to declare income in order to avoid paying taxes on it
  • noun the act of removing floating material from the surface of a liquid
  • noun the act of brushing against while passing


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