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Definition of skim:

  1. Contraction of Skimming and Skimmed.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. To hasten along with superficial attention.
  5. To pass lightly; to glide along in an even, smooth course; to glide along near the surface.
  6. To pass near the surface of; to brush the surface of; to glide swiftly along the surface of.
  7. To put on the finishing coat of plaster.
  8. To take off by skimming; as, to skim cream.


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