Definitions for: Skim

[n] reading or glancing through quickly
[adj] used of milk and milk products from which the cream has been removed; "yogurt made with skim milk"; "she can drink skimmed milk but should avoid butter"
[v] read superficially
[v] move or pass swiftly and lightly over the surface of
[v] remove from the surface; "skim cream from the surface of milk"
[v] coat with a layer; of liquids
[v] cause to skip over a surface; "Skip a stone across the pond"
[v] travel on the surface of water
[v] examine hastily

Webster (1913) Definition: Skim, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Skimmed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Skimming.] [Cf. Sw. skymma to darken. [root]158. See
1. To clear (a liquid) from scum or substance floating or
lying thereon, by means of a utensil that passes just
beneath the surface; as, to skim milk; to skim broth.

2. To take off by skimming; as, to skim cream.

3. To pass near the surface of; to brush the surface of; to
glide swiftly along the surface of.

Homer describes Mercury as flinging himself from the
top of Olympus, and skimming the surface of the
ocean. --Hazlitt.

4. Fig.: To read or examine superficially and rapidly, in
order to cull the principal facts or thoughts; as, to skim
a book or a newspaper.

Skim, v. i.
1. To pass lightly; to glide along in an even, smooth course;
to glide along near the surface.

Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain, Flies
o'er the unbending corn, and skims along the main.

2. To hasten along with superficial attention.

They skim over a science in a very superficial
survey. --I. Watts.

3. To put on the finishing coat of plaster.

Skim, a.
Contraction of Skimming and Skimmed.

Skim coat, the final or finishing coat of plaster.

Skim colter, a colter for paring off the surface of land.

Skim milk, skimmed milk; milk from which the cream has been

Synonyms: cream, cream off, fat-free, fatless, glance over, nonfat, plane, rake, run down, scan, skim off, skim over, skim over, skimmed, skimming, skip, skitter

See Also: aquaplane, coat, examine, glide, read, reading, remove, see, surface, take, take away, throw, touch, withdraw

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