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
To achieve it, we had to learn how to 'skim' - that is, how to make selective readings from the enormous volume of data that arrives to our senses.
This isn’t to say that books aren’t worth your time — the whole reason I flip and skim is that book-reading is so vital.
My grandmother, a Depression-era Okie, called skim milk “blue john” and said it was only fit for “slopping hogs.”
-- After a part or all of the cream has been removed from whole milk, that which remains is called skim milk.
Winners are notified immediately. create a free MacUpdate Membership so you can buy this week's promo before it expires or post your reactions about this week's promo. mrglsmrc said today at 12: 14am preview does alot with pdf these days in leopard. i generally use the free app called skim to make marginal notes in pdf. when i want to create a pdf i generally use my word processor, nisus pro, and print to pdf. mrglsmrc said today at 12: 34am
Investigators with the U.S. Secret Service allege the servers were working for a larger fraud ring and were using electronic devices to "skim" the credit card numbers of customers they served at the restaurant.
Investigators with the U.S. Secret Service allege the servers were working for a larger fraud ring and were using electronic devices to "skim" the credit card numbers of those they served at the restaurant.
While I highly recommend it, this is not the sort of reading that you can profitably "skim".
Drinking whole fat milk and eating ice cream appears to be better for women trying to become pregnant than a diet consisting of low-fat dairy products such as skim milk and yogurt, according to new research published in Human Reproduction journal.
Salon tags some comments as 'editors choice' which allows users to just 'skim' and also encourages more careful writing.