To clear (a liquid) from scum or substance floating or lying thereon, by means of a utensil that passes just beneath the surface; as, to skim milk; to skim broth.
- To remove floating matter from (a liquid).
- To remove (floating matter) from a liquid.
- To take away the choicest or most readily attainable contents or parts from.
- To coat or cover with or as if with a thin layer, as of scum.
- To throw so as to bounce or slide: skimming stones on the pond.
- To glide or pass quickly and lightly over or along (a surface). See Synonyms at brush1.
- To read or glance through (a book, for example) quickly or superficially.
- Slang To fail to declare part of (certain income, such as winnings) to avoid tax payment.
- To move or pass swiftly and lightly over or near a surface; glide.
- To give a quick and superficial reading, scrutiny, or consideration; glance: skimmed through the newspaper.
- To become coated with a thin layer.
- Slang To fail to declare certain income to avoid tax payment.
- The act of skimming.
- Something that has been skimmed.
- A thin layer or film.
- Slang The profit gained by skimming.