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Meaning & Definition of Skim in English

English

Skim

/skɪm/

noun

1. A thin layer covering the surface of a liquid

  • "There was a thin skim of oil on the water"
    synonym:
  • skim

2. Reading or glancing through quickly

    synonym:
  • skim
  • ,
  • skimming

verb

1. Travel on the surface of water

    synonym:
  • plane
  • ,
  • skim

2. Move or pass swiftly and lightly over the surface of

    synonym:
  • skim over
  • ,
  • skim

3. Examine hastily

  • "She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi"
    synonym:
  • scan
  • ,
  • skim
  • ,
  • rake
  • ,
  • glance over
  • ,
  • run down

4. Cause to skip over a surface

  • "Skip a stone across the pond"
    synonym:
  • skim
  • ,
  • skip
  • ,
  • skitter

5. Coat (a liquid) with a layer

    synonym:
  • skim

6. Remove from the surface

  • "Skim cream from the surface of milk"
    synonym:
  • skim
  • ,
  • skim off
  • ,
  • cream off
  • ,
  • cream

7. Read superficially

    synonym:
  • skim
  • ,
  • skim over

adjective

1. Used of milk and milk products from which the cream has been removed

  • "Yogurt made with skim milk"
  • "She can drink skimmed milk but should avoid butter"
    synonym:
  • skim
  • ,
  • skimmed