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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.

Synonyms:

stream, gallop, toss, aim, glimpse, take, flip, run through, clobber, nudge, dart, conk out, drift, flip through, flush out, sail, bat, soar, fly, strike, drub, tire, sweep, look through, decamp, pitch, scoop, poop out, float, separate, skimming, check out, exhaust, direct, skimmed, examine, rake, scurry, surge, slip, hop-skip, cruise, skitter, glance at, lob, bowl, dap, fling, cream, point, sap, dip into, race, roll, carom, leaf through, skim over, coast, skip over, thrash, read, flick through, earn, vamoose, ladle, move, sweep away, collect, dip, hasten, shave, shoot, play out, cream off, outpace, monetize, rebound, glance, weed out, fat-free, run over, whisk, glide, bounce, extract, cut, hop, flick, project, breeze, run out, words, glance over, pass over, crease, scan, cash in, peter out, riffle, look at, thumb, ricochet, get out, skip, slide, dislodge, run-down, be quick on your feet, claim back, hurl, charge, skim off, plane, take off, peek, bound off, fatless, investigate, remove, throw, lick, speed, scamper, leaf, clear, grazing, appropriate, scuttle, recover, shaving, glint, nonfat, browse, jump.

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