• Sat piping on a stone while his goats skipped
    Sat piping on a stone while his goats skipped
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v skip bypass "He skipped a row in the text and so the sentence was incomprehensible"
    • v skip cause to skip over a surface "Skip a stone across the pond"
    • v skip bound off one point after another
    • v skip jump lightly
    • v skip leave suddenly "She persuaded him to decamp","skip town"
    • v skip intentionally fail to attend "cut class"
    • n skip a mistake resulting from neglect
    • n skip a gait in which steps and hops alternate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 31% of employees skip lunch entirely
    • Skip A basket on wheels, used in cotton factories.
    • Skip A basket. See Skep.
    • Skip A beehive; a skep.
    • Skip (Sugar Manuf) A charge of sirup in the pans.
    • Skip A light leap or bound.
    • Skip (Mus) A passage from one sound to another by more than a degree at once.
    • Skip (Mining) An iron bucket, which slides between guides, for hoisting mineral and rock.
    • Skip Fig.: To leave matters unnoticed, as in reading, speaking, or writing; to pass by, or overlook, portions of a thing; -- often followed by over.
    • Skip The act of passing over an interval from one thing to another; an omission of a part.
    • Skip To cause to skip; as, to skip a stone.
    • Skip To leap lightly over; as, to skip the rope.
    • Skip To leap lightly; to move in leaps and hounds; -- commonly implying a sportive spirit. "The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day,
      Had he thy reason, would he skip and play?"
      "So she drew her mother away skipping , dancing, and frisking fantastically."
    • Skip To pass over or by without notice; to omit; to miss; as, to skip a line in reading; to skip a lesson. "They who have a mind to see the issue may skip these two chapters."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 9% of us skip breakfast daily.
    • skip To move suddenly or hastily (in a specified direction); go with a leap or spring; bound; dart.
    • skip To take light, dancing steps; leap about, as in sport; jump lightly; caper; frisk; specifically, to skip the rope (see below).
    • skip To make sudden changes with omissions; especially, to change about in an arbitrary manner: as, to skip about in one's reading.
    • skip To pass without notice; make omission, as of certain passages in reading or writing: often followed by over.
    • skip To take one's self off hurriedly; make off: as, he collected the money and skipped.
    • skip In music, to pass or progress from any tone to a tone more than one degree distant from it. Synonyms and Skip, Trip, Hop, Leap, Bound, Spring, Jump, Vault. Skipping is more than tripping and less than leaping, bounding, springing, or jumping; like tripping, it implies 1ightness of spirits or joy. It is about equal to hopping, but hopping is rather heavy and generally upon one foot or with the feet together, while skipping uses the feet separately or one after the other. A hop is shorter than a jump, and a jump than a leap: as, the hop of a toad; the jump of a frog; the leap of a marsh-frog; a jump from a fence; a leap from a second-story window. Skip, trip, bound, and spring imply elasticity; bound, spring, leap, and vault imply vigorous activity. Vault implies that one has something on which to rest one or both hands; vaulting is either upon or over something, as a horse, a fence, and therefore is largely an upward movement; the other movements may be chiefly horizontal.
    • skip To leap over; cross with a skip or bound.
    • skip To pass over without action or notice; disregard; pass by.
    • skip To cause to skip or bound; specifically, to throw (a missile) so as to cause it to make a series of leaps along a surface.
    • n skip A leap; a spring; a bound.
    • n skip A passing over or disregarding; an omission; specifically, in music, a melodic progression from any tone to a tone more than one degree distant. Also called salto.
    • n skip That which is skipped; anything which is passed over or disregarded.
    • n skip In the games of bowls and curling, the player who acts as captain, leader, or director of a side or team, and who usually plays the last bowl or stone which his team has to play. Also called skipper.
    • n skip A college servant; a scout.
    • n skip In sugar-making, the amount or charge of syrup in the pans at one time.
    • n skip In mining, an iron box for raising ore, differing from the kibble in that it runs between guides, while the kibble hangs free. In metal-mines the name is sometimes given to the box when it has wheels and runs on rails.
    • n skip In poker, a straight in which the cards are alternate, such as 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: when played, it beats two pairs.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 22% of us skip lunch daily.
    • v.i Skip skip to leap: to bound lightly and joyfully: to pass over
    • v.t Skip to leap over: to omit:—pr.p. skip′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. skipped
    • n Skip a light leap: a bound: the omission of a part: the captain of a side at bowls and curling: a college servant
    • n Skip skip an iron box for raising ore running between guides, or in inclined shafts fitted with wheels to run on a track, a mine-truck.
    • ***


  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another.”
  • 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.”
  • Hal Borland
    Hal Borland
    “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips it's turn.”
  • Elmore Leonard
    Elmore Leonard
    “I try to leave out the parts that people skip.”
  • John Ruskin
    “It is excellent discipline for an author to feel that he must say all that he has to say in the fewest possible words, or his reader is sure to skip them. ”
  • Eric Parslow
    Eric Parslow
    “Jazz is the art of skipping obvious convention while still following it.”


Hop, skip, and a jump - If a place is a hop, skip, and a jump from somewhere, it's only a short distance away.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. skippen, of uncertain origin; cf. Icel. skopa, run, skoppa, to spin like a top, OSw. & dial. Sw. skimmpa, to run, skimpa, skompa, to hop, skip; or Ir. sgiob, to snatch, Gael. sgiab, to start or move suddenly, to snatch, W. ysgipio, to snatch


In literature:

As he thought of that, his heart skipped a beat.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
The two little girls ran skipping ahead, talking about what they would do and where they would sit and all the things that girls plan for school.
"Mary Jane's City Home" by Clara Ingram Judson
Then came the cage for transporting mine cars, and in more recent years the "skip" has been developed.
"Principles of Mining" by Herbert C. Hoover
After examining our priming, we followed slowly on these tracks, Skip keeping close to us, and glancing up earnestly in our faces.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
Marta has gone away with Jo; evidently she intends to skip.
"Penny of Top Hill Trail" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
He makes that little crutch of his do almost anything but skip.
"Glory and the Other Girl" by Annie Hamilton Donnell
Hint to those who read with an eye on the clock: skip this chapter!
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
Bobolink was saying only this morning that he expected we'd skip all the bad weather on this trip.
"The Banner Boy Scouts Snowbound" by George A. Warren
A round shot skips along the surface and pierces the embankment.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Mrs. Howland added the name she was so soon to resign, and Maggie almost skipped into the bedroom.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade

In poetry:

Soft and thick the snow lay,
Stars danced in the sky.
Not all the lambs of May-day
Skip so bold and high.
"A Frostry Night" by Robert Graves
Not for us, but for the Rebels. —
My heart would fairly skip,
When Uncle Jacob used to say,
"The North is bound to whip."
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
As gallant as skipper as ever skipped
Or sailors as ever sailed
As valiant trippers as ever tripped
Or tailors as ever tailed.
"The Fate Of The 'Cabbage Rose'" by Wallace Irwin
Grow slowly, year, like a child that is dear,
Or a lamb that is mild,
By little steps, and by little skips,
Like a lamb or a child.
"Slow Spring" by Katharine Tynan
"Ho, ho!" he said, "thou pale-faced one,
Poor offspring of an Eastern sun,
You've NEVER seen the Red Man skip
Upon the banks of Mississip!"
"Pasha Bailey Ben" by William Schwenck Gilbert
He skipped for joy like little muttons,
He danced like Esmeralda's kid.
(She did not mean a boy in buttons,
Although he fancied that she did.)
"Little Oliver" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Skip Bayless, Eric Mangini and Stephen A Smith discuss Tim Tebow's comments that he is quarterback, not a running back.
Tim McCarver, Skip Caray and Ken Coleman are among the 10 finalists for the Ford C Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
Today, however, most young hunters skip small game and go straight to deer.
"Bobby something tells me we should skip this house.".
Skip trying to build an igloo yourself.
Alaska Gov Sarah Palin, who skipped the GOP governors' opening lunch, is set to give a news conference today.
Desserts Not to Be Skipped.
They must have skipped the chapter on gravity though.
Seniors keep winning tradition alive at UCSD, wherethe women haven't skipped a beat since moving to Division II.
Third Circuit State Attorney Robert L "Skip" Jarvis Jr Suwannee Democrat.
Government hater back in jail after skipping court date.
Gingrich group skips out on rent.
Skip the Coffee, Take a Nap — Health Check .
I know quite a few people who are on some pretty strict diets this summer, and I bet skipping all those amazing summer Bbq's must be hard so here is a recipe for all you dieters.
Henny -Penny Skips Cancun.

In science:

For holds for every ω ∈ Ω, where as usually A(N ) simplicity here and in the following we skip the obvious dependence of random variables on ω .
Random regularization of Brown spectral measure
Therefore, we can skip these tries without affecting the result of the algorithm.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
Due to our convention of identifying isomorphic types, we may also skip axiom (A3).
Retractions of Types with Many Atoms
Massive stars with extreme rotation may skip the LBV phase.
Stellar evolution with rotation X: Wolf-Rayet star populations at solar metallicity
The reader who is not interested in the mathematical background could skip the first part and go directly to the later sections where we list and discuss the main results.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces