Definition of SKIM

to turn over pages in an idle or cursory manner <I'll just skim through a few styling magazines and see if something interesting catches my eye>
Synonyms flip, leaf, riffle, thumb
Related Words browse, dip; glance (at), look over, scan
Near Antonyms pore (over); study
to move or proceed smoothly and readily <a lone hang glider skimming along just above the treetops>
Related Words fly, race, rush, speed
Antonyms flounder, struggle
to pass lightly across or touch gently especially in passing <her hand just barely skimmed the wall as she ran down the hallway>
Synonyms graze, kiss, nudge, shave, skim
to strike and fly off at an angle <the rock just skimmed the surface of the water>
to take a quick or hasty look <he impatiently skimmed through the book, looking for the specific passage he remembered seeing>
Related Words keek [chiefly Scottish], peep; blink, squint; look over, peruse, rake, scan
Antonyms gaze, stare

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