from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The skimmer, a bird. See Rhynchops.
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Though a man of first rating aboard ship, he's a mere child when ashore; and would be no more able to protect himself against the land-sharks of San Francisco, than he was to get out of the way of that sea-skimmer at Guaymas.
The Sampson radar is mounted at the destroyer's masthead, allowing it to see as far over the horizon as is feasible from a surface ship - perhaps offering several tens of seconds 'warning of an inbound supersonic sea-skimmer**.
The Russians came out with a sea-skimmer we call Sunburn - "