Skim

Definition of Skim

Pronunciation: skĭm
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Skimmed (skĭmd); p. pr. & vb. n. Skimming.]
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.
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.
- Pope.
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.
a.1.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 taken.

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