Definitions of skim

  1. remove from the surface; " skim cream from the surface of milk"
  2. reading or glancing through quickly
  3. read superficially
  4. move or pass swiftly and lightly over the surface of
  5. coat with a layer; of liquids
  6. cause to skip over a surface; " Skip a stone across the pond"
  7. a thin layer covering the surface of a liquid; " there was a thin skim of oil on the water"
  8. coat ( a liquid) with a layer
  9. examine hastily; " She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi"
  10. Skimmed.
  11. 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.
  12. To take off by skimming; as, to skim cream.
  13. To pass near the surface of; to brush the surface of; to glide swiftly along the surface of.
  14. 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.
  15. To pass lightly; to glide along in an even, smooth course; to glide along near the surface.
  16. To hasten along with superficial attention.
  17. To put on the finishing coat of plaster.
  18. Contraction of Skimming and Skimmed.
  19. 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.
  20. To pass lightly over a surface; read without thoroughness.
  21. Having the cream, etc., removed from the top; as, skim milk.
  22. Skimming.
  23. To clear off scum: to take off by skimming: to brush the surface of lightly.
  24. To pass over lightly: to glide along near the surface:- pr. p. skimming; pa. t. and pa. p. skimmed.
  25. To take off the upper surface of a fluid; brush the surface of.
  26. To remove ( floating matter) from the surface of a liquid.
  27. To move lightly over; glance over superficially.
  28. Scum; the thick matter on the surface of a liquor.
  29. To take of the scum; to take off by skimming; to brush the surface off lightly; to scan superficially.
  30. To pass over lightly; to glide along near the surface; to hurry over superficially.
  31. 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.

Usage examples for skim

  1. Ida Mary was so proud of the linoleum that she wiped it up with skim milk to make it shine. – Land of the Burnt Thigh by Edith Eudora Kohl
  2. It might skim above those low hills at that- just barely escaping.... – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell
  3. So when the cream is off, the rest of the clergy are plainly but skim milk, the scourings of the seminaries. – En Route by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  4. The skim milk that remains is a valuable food. – School and Home Cooking by Carlotta C. Greer
  5. Let it boil half an hour, and skim it well. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  6. During which time you must Skim it very well as soon as any scum riseth; which you are to continue till there rise no scum more. – The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened by Kenelm Digby
  7. The grower plants to skim a comparatively small return from a large area. – Manual of American Grape-Growing by U. P. Hedrick
  8. The young cockerel, like skim milk, is a by- product and may pay over the cost of feeding, or some other specific item, but that he does not pay the whole cost, including wages for the manager is proven by two facts: First, every large broiler plant yet started has either failed flatly or shifted its main line to other things; second, egg farmers would be only too glad to buy pullets at the price for which they sell the cockerels- a confession that it costs more to produce broilers than they will bring. – The Dollar Hen by Milo M. Hastings
  9. As soon as it boils skim it well, let it simmer very slowly till it is quite strong, and then strain it. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  10. When vomiting ceases and the fever approaches normal and food is desired, begin with boiled skim milk in small amounts, well diluted with cereal water, and do not approach the normal amount of milk for twenty- four to forty- eight hours. – The Mother and Her Child by William S. Sadler Lena K. Sadler
  11. Let it boil very quick, skim it nicely; take off the cover, if likely to be too weak; otherwise keep it covered. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  12. Our judgments skim the surface of the seas, We have no sounding- line for depths like these. – Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life by Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
  13. I long to skim over the waves and feel the cool breezes of northern seas. – Seven Frozen Sailors by George Manville Fenn
  14. Their feed should be carefully regulated, and, if they have previously been on pasture, should include some green feed, roots, or an abundance of skim milk. – Pratt's Practical Pointers on the Care of Livestock and Poultry by Pratt Food Co.
  15. New milk should be used in preference either to cream or to skim- milk. – Advice to a Mother on the Management of her Children by Pye Henry Chavasse
  16. If we get whar the boys are at work already, they've took the cream, and we gets the skim milk. – Seven Frozen Sailors by George Manville Fenn
  17. Nothing on earth could have been easier than for him to skim on by her unseen, and nobody a whit the wiser. – Angela's Business by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  18. He was sorry he could not skim down that avenue of light which flowed from the love- star, but he was forced to turn his back upon it and face the black northeast. – The Shape of Fear by Elia W. Peattie