skimmer

noun
skim·​mer | \ˈski-mər \

Definition of skimmer 

1 : one that skims specifically : a flat perforated scoop or spoon used for skimming

2 : any of a small genus (Rynchops) of long-winged marine birds that have the lower mandible longer than the upper

3 : a usually straw flat-crowned hat with a wide straight brim

4 : a fitted sleeveless dress with a usually flaring skirt

5 : a device that is attached to an electronic card reader (as on an ATM) and used to obtain data (such as a credit card number) secretly and illicitly The credit union said someone had fitted a skimmer over the ATM card slot to collect information on inserted cards but the company said it wasn't sure how many cards had been affected at this time.The Leader-Herald (Gloversville, NewYork) Once you put your card in, the device, called a skimmer, reads and records all the account information stored on the magnetic strip, and even retrieves your PIN as you punch it into the keypad.— Mary Hunt

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Fur-like plastic on the skimmers' rotating discs will help absorb oil. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "New oil spill fleet arriving in Prince William Sound as Crowley prepares to exit," 15 Apr. 2018 The Texas Food and Fuel Association has begun a campaign to help Texans watch out for the skimmers, devices illegally installed in pumps to steal bank information. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Get ready to go first, Texans. The country is watching," 12 Jan. 2018 The Secret Service says skimmers steal more than a billion dollars from U.S. consumers annually, money that often funds organized crime. Jason Dearen And Josh Replogle, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UF-designed 'Skim Reaper' fights ATM, gas pump thefts," 11 May 2018 The Secret Service says skimmers steal more than a billion dollars from U.S. consumers annually, money that often funds organized crime. Jason Dearen And Josh Replogle, Sun-Sentinel.com, "'Skim Reaper' developed at University of Florida to fight credit card skimming," 10 May 2018 The Secret Service says skimmers steal more than a billion dollars from U.S. consumers annually, money that often funds organized crime. Washington Post, "NYPD tests new tool that detects credit card skimmers," 9 May 2018 Garivey urged anyone who suspects their ATM is housing a skimmer to call police. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "How to spot card skimmers on ATMs," 28 June 2018 Deep fry the peppers until golden brown, then remove from the oil with a skimmer and drain on paper towels. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Shishito peppers: Saute, roast, grill them. (Don't worry about seeds)," 5 June 2018 The navel skimmer has been making a comeback for several seasons, including at Céline Fall 2018, Chanel Resort 2019, and even Cottweiler Spring 2019 men’s show. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "From Anklets to Toe Rings, This Is the Summer of Throwback Jewelry," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of skimmer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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skimmer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of skimmer

: a spoon with holes in it that is used by cooks for skimming things

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