skim·​ming ˈski-miŋ How to pronounce skimming (audio)
: that which is skimmed from a liquid

Examples of skimming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The spill was first spotted and reported on Thursday around 6:30 a.m. and the 67-mile pipeline was closed, while three skimming vessels worked to recover oil on the surface. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 21 Nov. 2023 Combine peas and all remaining ingredients except olive oil in a large Dutch oven, and bring to a boil over medium-high, skimming and discarding foam from surface as necessary. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 4 Nov. 2023 Santos has recently been accused by a former roommate of masterminding a 2017 credit card skimming operation in Seattle. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2023 Distracted and out of our usual routines, travelers are the perfect targets for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) skimming, which happens when a nonchalant thief standing near you uses a reader to scan the chips on your credit and debit cards or hack your digital devices. Kristine Solomon, Travel + Leisure, 12 Sep. 2023 An industry of middlemen had begun sprouting up, processing payments for insurers and skimming fees off the top. Cezary Podkul, ProPublica, 15 Aug. 2023 On a near-weekly basis, news reports from across the U.S. — citing police records, prosecutors, court evidence and news releases — demonstrate the links between Romanian groups and ATM skimming operations. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 July 2023 Like traditional swimming pools, natural pools need periodic skimming and debris removal, and their filters and pumps need cleaning. Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 July 2023 The case is a snapshot into a host of gas skimming schemes that have been investigated by the Secret Service nationwide in recent years as hard-working Americans fill their tanks on the go while unknowingly running the risk of getting ripped off at fueling stations. Kayla Jimenez, USA TODAY, 9 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skimming was in the 15th century

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“Skimming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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