AskDefine | Define skim

Dictionary Definition

skim adj : 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" [syn: skimmed]


1 a thin layer covering the surface of a liquid; "there was a thin skim of oil on the water"
2 reading or glancing through quickly [syn: skimming]


1 travel on the surface of water [syn: plane]
2 move or pass swiftly and lightly over the surface of [syn: skim over]
3 examine hastily; "She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi" [syn: scan, rake, glance over, run down]
4 cause to skip over a surface; "Skip a stone across the pond" [syn: skip, skitter]
5 coat (a liquid) with a layer
6 remove from the surface; "skim cream from the surface of milk" [syn: skim off, cream off, cream]
7 read superficially [syn: skim over] [also: skimming, skimmed]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To throw an object so it bounces on water (skimming stones)
  2. To ricochet
  3. To read quickly, skipping some detail
  4. to scrape off; to remove (something) from a surface


to throw an object so it bounces on water
to ricochet
to read quickly, skipping some detail
to scrape off; to remove (something) from a surface


  1. In the context of "of milk": having lowered fat content

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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