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skim

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verb \ˈskim\

Simple Definition of skim

  • : to remove a layer of something from the surface of a liquid

  • : to look over or read (something) quickly especially to find the main ideas

  • : to throw (a flat stone) along the surface of water so that it bounces

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of skim

skimmedskimming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to clear (a liquid) of scum or floating substance <skim boiling syrup>b :  to remove (as film or scum) from the surface of a liquidc :  to remove cream from by skimmingd :  to remove the best or most easily obtainable contents from

  3. 2 :  to read, study, or examine superficially and rapidly; especially :  to glance through (as a book) for the chief ideas or the plot

  4. 3 :  to throw in a gliding path; especially :  to throw so as to ricochet along the surface of water

  5. 4 :  to cover with or as if with a film, scum, or coat

  6. 5 :  to pass swiftly or lightly over

  7. 6a :  to remove or conceal (as a portion of casino profits) to avoid payment of taxesb :  embezzle <skimming money from employee pension plans>

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1a :  to pass lightly or hastily :  glide or skip along, above, or near a surfaceb :  to give a cursory glance, consideration, or reading

  10. 2 :  to become coated with a thin layer of film or scum

  11. 3 :  to put on a finishing coat of plaster

  12. 4 :  to embezzle money

Examples of skim in a sentence

  1. He skimmed the leaves from the pool.

  2. The cream is skimmed from the milk.

  3. The milk is skimmed before it is bottled.

  4. She only skimmed the reading assignment.

  5. She only skimmed through the reading assignment.



Origin of skim

Middle English skymmen, skemen, probably from Anglo-French escumer, from escume foam, scum, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch schum scum — more at scum


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with skim


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skim

noun

Definition of skim

  1. 1 :  a thin layer, coating, or film

  2. 2 :  the act of skimming

  3. 3 :  something skimmed; specifically :  skim milk



14th Century

First Known Use of skim

14th century


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skim

adjective

Definition of skim

  1. 1 :  having the cream removed by skimming

  2. 2 :  made of skim milk <skim cheese>



1794

First Known Use of skim

1794



SKIM Defined for Kids

skim

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verb \ˈskim\

Definition of skim for Students

skimmedskimming

  1. 1 :  to clean a liquid of scum or floating substance :  remove (as cream or film) from the top part of a liquid

  2. 2 :  to read or examine quickly and not thoroughly <I skimmed the newspaper.>

  3. 3 :  to skip (a stone) along the surface of water

  4. 4 :  to pass swiftly or lightly over <He brushed the treetops / And skimmed the grass … — Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends>





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