Skim v. t. [imp. & p. p. Skimmed p. pr. & vb. n. Skimming.]
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. --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.
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 taken.
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" [syn: skimmed]
n 1: a thin layer covering the surface of a liquid; "there was a
thin skim of oil on the water"
2: reading or glancing through quickly [syn: skimming]
v 1: travel on the surface of water [syn: plane]
2: move or pass swiftly and lightly over the surface of [syn: skim
3: examine hastily; "She scanned the newspaper headlines while
waiting for the taxi" [syn: scan, rake, glance over,
4: cause to skip over a surface; "Skip a stone across the pond"
[syn: skip, skitter]
5: coat (a liquid) with a layer
6: remove from the surface; "skim cream from the surface of
milk" [syn: skim off, cream off, cream]
7: read superficially [syn: skim over]
[also: skimming, skimmed]