Meaning of SKIM in English


■ verb ( ~s , ~ming , ~med )

1》 remove (a substance) from the surface of a liquid.

2》 move quickly and lightly over or on a surface or through the air.

↘throw (a flat stone) so that it bounces several times on the surface of water.

3》 read (something) quickly, noting only the important points.

↘( ~ over ) deal with or treat briefly or superficially.

4》 informal steal or embezzle (money) in small amounts over a period of time.

5》 [usu. as noun ~ming ] fraudulently copy (credit or debit card details) with a card swipe or other device.

■ noun

1》 a thin layer of a substance on the surface of a liquid.

2》 an act of reading something quickly or superficially.


ME: back-form. from ~mer , or from OFr. escumer , from escume 'scum, foam'.

Concise Oxford English vocab.      Сжатый оксфордский словарь английского языка.