• WordNet 3.6
    • adj skim 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 skim read superficially
    • v skim move or pass swiftly and lightly over the surface of
    • v skim remove from the surface "skim cream from the surface of milk"
    • v skim coat (a liquid) with a layer
    • v skim cause to skip over a surface "Skip a stone across the pond"
    • v skim travel on the surface of water
    • v skim examine hastily "She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi"
    • n skim reading or glancing through quickly
    • n skim a thin layer covering the surface of a liquid "there was a thin skim of oil on the water"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: American colonists discovered that superior candles could be made from the fruit of a squat bush growing in the sand dunes along the New England seashore. The small, grayish bayberry was picked, crushed, and boiled. It had to be skimmed several times before the pale, nearly transparent, green fat was sufficiently refined. Bayberry candles were highly prized, because so much labor and so many berries were needed to make just one candle.
    • a Skim Contraction of Skimming and Skimmed.
    • Skim 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 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.
    • Skim To hasten along with superficial attention. "They skim over a science in a very superficial survey."
    • Skim 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."
    • Skim 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."
    • Skim To put on the finishing coat of plaster.
    • Skim To take off by skimming; as, to skim cream.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • skim To lift the scum from; clear the surface of by removing any floating matter, by means of a spoon, a flat ladle, or the like: as, to skim soup by removing the oil or fat; to skim milk by taking off the cream.
    • skim To lift from the surface of a liquid by a sliding movement, as with a puddle, a flat ladle, a spoon, or the like; dip up with or as with a skimmer, as cream from milk or fat from soup; hence, to clear away; remove.
    • skim To clear; rid; free from obstacles or enemies.
    • skim To mow.
    • skim To cover with a film or scum; coat over.
    • skim To pass lightly along or near the surface of; move smoothly and lightly over; glide, float, fly, or run over the surface of.
    • skim To pass over lightly in perusal or inspection; glance over hastily or superficially.
    • skim To cause to dart, skip, or ricochet along a surface; hurl along a surface in a smooth, straight course.
    • skim To pass lightly and smoothly over a surface; hence, to glide or dart along in a smooth, even course.
    • skim To pass in hasty inspection or consideration, as over the surface of something; observe or consider lightly or superficially.
    • skim To become covered with a scum or film; be coated over.
    • n skim The act of skimming; also, that which is skimmed off.
    • n skim Thick matter that forms or collects on the surface of a liquor; scum.
    • skim In plastering, to put the finishing coat or skim-coat on.
    • n skim A cultivator blade for surface work, analogous to a sweep. See scalp, 7, and sweep, 12 .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Skim skim to clear off scum: to take off by skimming: to brush the surface of lightly
    • v.i Skim to pass over lightly: to glide along near the surface: to become coated over:—pr.p. skim′ming; pa.t. and pa.p. skimmed
    • n Skim the act of skimming: what is skimmed off
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  • Arthur James Balfour
    Arthur James Balfour
    “He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming.”
  • William Bolitho
    William Bolitho
    “General jackdaw culture, very little more than a collection of charming miscomprehensions, untargeted enthusiasms, and a general habit of skimming.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Sw. skymma, to darken. √158. See Scum


In literature:

Then they picked up stones, and tried how far they could make them skim out on the lake.
"Silver Lake" by R.M. Ballantyne
Water-fowl of many kinds were swimming about on its surface, or skimming swiftly over it.
"The Big Otter" by R.M. Ballantyne
Brown it quickly in the butter, then add stock or water; skim well and cook very slowly for two hours.
"My Pet Recipes, Tried and True" by Various
But you may skim it and give him a cup of cream.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
She skimmed through the first story.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
Away they fly past scattered cottages, swiftly and skimmingly, like eagles on the wing, along the Enfield highway.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
It had been dark for some hours by the time I hit the street and waved for a skim-copter.
"Card Trick" by Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
But the settlers skimmed back the thick green scum, dipped up the water, let it settle, and used it.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
As soon as it comes to a boil skim and set back.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
Let it come to a boil, skim, and let it simmer; cover and cook for five hours.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous

In poetry:

I'd skim along through fleecy clouds,
An' see the great, Big Bear
An' ask him how he liked to live
So high up in the air.
"If I Could Fly" by Edwin Carty Ranck
“Skimming I call my noble steed,
Begot from the wild sea-mare:
Blank do I call my haughty helm,
Because it glitters so fair:
"Vidrik Verlandson (From The Old Danish) " by George Borrow
As years fleet away, we treasure
The power of our mind to skim
O'er the scenes of early doings,
With valiant and trustworthy Tim.
"Tim" by Jared Barhite
“If yonder mountains all were gold,
And yonder streams were wine;
The whole for Skimming I would not take;
I bless God he is mine.
"The Tournament (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
“Now, hear me, Vidrik Verlandson;
Thou art so free a man;
Do lend me Skimming, thy horse, this day;
I’ll pledge for him what I can:
"The Tournament (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
And do not these boughs all whisper of Him,
Whose smile is the light that in green arrays them;
Who sitteth, in peace, on the wave they skim,
And whose breath is the gentle wind that sways them?
"For The Album of Miss Caroline C---" by John Pierpont

In news:

No much incentive for the couple hundred people who skimmed and sunk for two hours.
Skimming Romps in San Diego.
Skim boarder David Martinez speeds past on his board into the receding line of surf on Buckroe Beach as Hurricane Earl kicked up the surf early Friday.
To remove fat from hot soup or broth, use a large metal spoon and skim off the fat that rises to the top.
Skimming Off a Bit of Americana.
A victim of gas-pump skimming speaks.
Aboard the oil- skimming 'A Whale' in the Gulf of Mexico: CNN video.
CNN takes a video tour on board the world's largest oil skimming ship, 'A Whale,' which is now in the Gulf of Mexico awaiting Coast Guard approval to begin work on the BP oil spill.
It's called ATM skimming .
Investigators said Elekes and a 55-year-old Renton man, Ionut Buzbuchi, skimmed account information in Washington, Idaho and Arizona.
A photo of one of the suspects who has been working the I-75 corridor since early October was taken during a skim .
Content tagged with " skimming ".
In the past two weeks, four people have been arrested in connection with skimming .
ATM skimming scams on the rise.
Sharon Corsentino, 38, an attorney and partner at Calhoun Peña Corsentino, in Frisco, Texas, had her ATM card skimmed three years ago.

In science:

This can be skimmed at first reading and referred back to as needed.
Defining SLE in multiply connected domains with the Brownian loop measure
Bunches of molecules issue from the source (in the y-direction) and are skimmed before being optically pumped into a single hyperfine state.
Preparation and manipulation of molecules for fundamental physics tests
Readers who are already familiar with “weak values” can skim or skip the introductory Sections 3 and 4.
What do quantum "weak" measurements actually measure?
Anchordoqui et al. had proposed to use Earth skimming neutrinos to probe new strong interactions in the neutrino sector.
A review of Quantum Gravity at the Large Hadron Collider
These individuals may wish to skim Section 2.
A survey of test ideals