skim·​ming | \ ˈski-miŋ How to pronounce skimming (audio) \

Definition of skimming

: that which is skimmed from a liquid

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The body-skimming bodice finished with a pleated skirt made for a refined approach to daytime dress. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Chooses Alexander McQueen for Princess Eugenie’s Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 And the sun will crawl across the horizon — like a sailboat skimming across a pond — throughout this incredibly short winter solstice day. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The winter solstice is incredibly beautiful in America’s northernmost city," 20 Dec. 2018 The super stepped out yesterday in New York City with her raven lengths blown straight and smooth, the perfect pairing to a skin-skimming (and sheer!) turtleneck that felt right on time for October. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Gives a Lesson in Sweater Weather Hair in New York City," 10 Oct. 2018 Demi is known for her glossy brunette mane, which over the years she's styled in a chin skimming bob, waist-grazing extensions and every length in between. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Demi Lovato Debuts New Summer Blonde Hair Color," 18 July 2018 Paris is the latest to debut a major change up in the past week, after Rihanna and Emma Roberts both debuted chin skimming bobs, and hair chameleon Zayn Malik showed off a light pink dye job of his own on July 27. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Paris Jackson Debuts New Watermelon Pink Hair Color," 6 Aug. 2018 Also, the missile is able to intercept threats that are close to the surface by sea-skimming or diving in onto a target from a higher altitude, Navy officials explained. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Navy's USS Ford set for upgraded ship-defense weapons," 18 July 2018 Introduced in 1977, Harpoon could fly to ranges of 67 miles at sea-skimming altitudes, cruising just above the waves to decrease radar detection range. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy's New AI Missile Sinks Ships the Smart Way," 25 Feb. 2016 The Duchess of Sussex, for example, wore a deeply romantic toile du jouy/floral hybrid from Oscar de la Renta for another royal wedding, while over in Paris Naomi Campbell was futuristic fabulous in Iris van Herpen’s reflective, body skimming dress. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of June 25, 2018," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of skimming

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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