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skimming

verb
present participle of skim

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1 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

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2 to move or proceed smoothly and readily
  • a lone hang glider skimming along just above the treetops

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3 to pass lightly across or touch gently especially in passing
  • her hand just barely skimmed the wall as she ran down the hallway

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4 to strike and fly off at an angle
  • the rock just skimmed the surface of the water

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5 to take a quick or hasty look
  • he impatiently skimmed through the book, looking for the specific passage he remembered seeing

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

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“Skimming.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/skimming. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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