Definitions of skim

  1. To pass over lightly; to glide along near the surface; to hurry over superficially.
  2. To remove ( floating matter) from the surface of a liquid.
  3. To move lightly over; glance over superficially.
  4. 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.
  5. To take off by skimming; as, to skim cream.
  6. To pass near the surface of; to brush the surface of; to glide swiftly along the surface of.
  7. 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.
  8. To remove the scum from; to remove something floating from the top of; as, to skim milk; to take off, as cream from milk, with a ladle or spoon; brush the surface of lightly; as, the boat skims the water; to glance over hurriedly.
  9. To clear off scum: to take off by skimming: to brush the surface of lightly.
  10. To take off the upper surface of a fluid; brush the surface of.
  11. To pass lightly; to glide along in an even, smooth course; to glide along near the surface.
  12. To hasten along with superficial attention.
  13. To put on the finishing coat of plaster.
  14. To pass lightly over a surface; read without thoroughness.
  15. To pass over lightly: to glide along near the surface:- pr. p. skimming; pa. t. and pa. p. skimmed.
  16. remove from the surface; " skim cream from the surface of milk"
  17. read superficially
  18. coat with a layer; of liquids
  19. cause to skip over a surface; " Skip a stone across the pond"
  20. a thin layer covering the surface of a liquid; " there was a thin skim of oil on the water"
  21. coat ( a liquid) with a layer
  22. examine hastily; " She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi"
  23. To take of the scum; to take off by skimming; to brush the surface off lightly; to scan superficially.
  24. To take off the scum, thence to move lightly over the surface of a liquid; to clear of scum or floating matter; to pass very near the surface; to glide along; to pass lightly; to glide smoothly.
  25. Skimming.
  26. Scum; the thick matter on the surface of a liquor.
  27. Contraction of Skimming and Skimmed.
  28. Having the cream, etc., removed from the top; as, skim milk.