Meaning of SKIM in English


/skim/ , v. , skimmed, skimming , n.


1. to take up or remove (floating matter) from the surface of a liquid, as with a spoon or ladle: to skim the cream from milk.

2. to clear (liquid) thus: to skim milk.

3. to move or glide lightly over or along (a surface, as of water): The sailboat skimmed the lake.

4. to throw in a smooth, gliding path over or near a surface, or so as to bounce or ricochet along a surface: to skim a stone across the lake.

5. to read, study, consider, treat, etc., in a superficial or cursory manner.

6. to cover, as a liquid, with a thin film or layer: Ice skimmed the lake at night.

7. to take the best or most available parts or items from: Bargain hunters skimmed the flea markets early in the morning.

8. to take (the best or most available parts or items) from something: The real bargains had been skimmed by early shoppers.

9. Metall. to remove (slag, scum, or dross) from the surface of molten metal.

10. Slang.

a. to conceal a portion of (winnings, earnings, etc.) in order to avoid paying income taxes, commissions, or the like on the actual total revenue (sometimes fol. by off ): The casino skimmed two million a year.

b. to take, remove, or appropriate for illegal use: to skim information from another's credit card.


11. to pass or glide lightly over or near a surface.

12. to read, study, consider, etc., something in a superficial or cursory way.

13. to become covered with a thin film or layer.

14. Slang. to conceal gambling or other profits so as to avoid paying taxes, etc.; practice skimming.


15. an act or instance of skimming.

16. something that is skimmed off.

17. a thin layer or film formed on the surface of something, esp. a liquid, as the coagulated protein material formed on boiled milk.

18. a thin layer, as of mortar.

19. Slang. the amount taken or concealed by skimming.

20. See skim milk .

21. Obs. scum.

[ 1375-1425; late ME skymen, skemen, var. of scumen to skim; see SCUM ]

Syn. 5. scan. 12. glance.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .