Meaning of SKIM in English

SKIM

verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

skimmed milk British English , skim milk/nonfat milk American English (= milk that has had all the fat taken out )

a bowl of cereal with skim milk

skimmed milk

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

along

He reached for the bat and sent it skimming along the boards.

Laverne zips across the empty road, the airborne snakes skim along after him.

I've learnt that life is deeper than I'd thought and certainly not meant to be skimmed along .

off

It is advisable to leave the bucket loosely covered and not to skim off the yeast head.

Cover loosely and keep in a warm place for about 4 hours. Skim off any foam.

The breezes seemed to skim off the water like stones.

Remove legs to a serving platter and keep warm. Skim off any visible fat.

Boil for 10 minutes, skimming off any scum.

Place over medium-high heat and reduce by half, skimming off any fat that accumulates on surface.

Then skim off the fat, pour the juices back into the roasting tin and bubble them up.

If desired, add nuts, celery, 131 Remove from heat and skim off excess fat.

over

A long-line jacket with tapered trousers skims over any figure flaws.

The considerations of adult sexuality have been skimmed over rather superficially, all the same, in this chapter.

He could see it skimming over the surface of the black waters of the Liffey far below.

In the introduction, Blake skims over various stylistic approaches and attempts to justify his own.

Warm sun, birds singing and dragonflies skimming over the pool.

■ NOUN

surface

But corporate-responsibility campaigners and ethical consumers are only beginning to skim the surface .

From here I watch a patrol of pelicans skim the ocean surface while waves crash against the rocks.

He could see it skimming over the surface of the black waters of the Liffey far below.

This probably would have been its only chance to skim the water surface for some six months.

This paper has barely skimmed the surface .

It would take a hundred lifetimes merely to skim the surface and, alas, we are only given one.

water

The breezes seemed to skim off the water like stones.

Cleanup crews, meanwhile, skimmed oil off the water and lowered the boom.

It skimmed low over the water .

The second time they skimmed along the water for two miles, only to fail again.

Try and make the end of the boom skim the water .

This probably would have been its only chance to skim the water surface for some six months.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

He threw a flat stone and watched it skim the surface of the lake.

I skimmed the newspaper but didn't see any report on the demonstration.

Jack opened the paper and skimmed the headlines.

Planes skimmed the treetops as they flew in with tanks full of water to put out the fire.

Seagulls skimmed the water, looking for fish.

She didn't have much time so she just skimmed through the report before the meeting.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

But fashion, as always, changed and the short skirt fell - literally - from favour and started skimming the ankles.

He skimmed through the piece quickly, barely concentrating.

Her mind skimmed back to the dinner on Friday night.

Or, the reader may have merely skimmed the second paragraph and sent back an incomplete form.

She picked up the stick and hurled it, skimming it low over the shallow pools left by the tide.

The first hour proved fairly turbulent, as we skimmed under some cumulus build-ups.

When stock is cold, skim fat from the top.

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