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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of skitter.


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  • Falling Skies averaged nearly 7 million viewers an episode and added the term "skitters" to sci-fi's alien lexicon.

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  • This is a good thing, because these computer-generated creatures have spidery legs and octopus-like heads, and scampering scores of them—known as "skitters"—would look ridiculous.

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  • They must evade "alien hovercrafts," mechas, and "skitters," which are described as dog-like insect creatures.

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  • • If you don't consider batteries ecologically sinful, two button cells run the fourth Hex Bug Micro Robotic Creature, an ant ($10) that skitters ickly at roach-like speeds, 10 times faster than previously Hex Bugs, even if you don't turn on the lights.

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  • Thirty miles east, a very different ferry skitters in a stiff breeze across the Manchester Ship Canal, undeterred by seals but disturbing a couple of grebes.

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  • The moonlight "skitters down the tree trunks / slips into the streams / seeps inside the burrow / butters Rabbit's dreams."

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  • Worry skitters in close, invading the space of your sanity—like those little crabs used to do when they'd scuttle sideways on your hands as you held them out to your little brother.

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  • Truth be known, the same notion skitters across the minds of sportswriters and athletes, too, who wonder if this ritualized behavior is worth the trouble.

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  • Occasionally a bad punt skitters to a stop on my algebra notes, and I grab it.

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  • A pack of rats skitters out suddenly almost across my feet.

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  • Manx (with an English plural), "a contemptuous epithet discharged by country children at Peel children in the rhyme, 'Peel town skitters Goin' to gather flitters' —limpets (V.A.D., 'Flitter'). See bonkans."

    —W. Walter Gill, Manx Dialect Words and Phrases, 1934

    April 23, 2009

  • Scots - diarrhoea.

    December 8, 2007