Skim - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |skɪm|  American pronunciation of the word skim
Brit.  |skɪm|  British pronunciation of the word skim
- a thin layer covering the surface of a liquid
- reading or glancing through quickly (syn: skimming)
- travel on the surface of water (syn: plane)
- move or pass swiftly and lightly over the surface of
- examine hastily (syn: rake, run down, scan)
- cause to skip over a surface (syn: skip, skitter)
- coat (a liquid) with a layer
- remove from the surface (syn: cream)
- read superficially
- used of milk and milk products from which the cream has been removed


He skimmed the leaves from the pool.

The cream is skimmed from the milk.

The milk is skimmed before it is bottled.

She only skimmed the reading assignment.

She only skimmed through the reading assignment.

The speedboat was skimming the waves.

I've only had time to skim over the plans for the new buildings.

After simmering the meat, skim the fat from the surface.

Julie skimmed the sports page.

Just skim through the second section to save time.

The ball skimmed across the grass and stopped against the wall.

Look at the way those insects skim over the water!

there was a thin skim of oil on the water

skim cream from the surface of milk

she can drink skimmed milk but should avoid butter

Word forms

I/you/we/they: skim
he/she/it: skims
present participle: skimming
past tense: skimmed
past participle: skimmed
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