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skimming

[skim-ing] /ˈskɪm ɪŋ/
noun
1.
Usually, skimmings. something that is removed by skimming.
2.
skimmings, Metallurgy, dross.
3.
Slang. the practice of concealing gambling or other profits so as to avoid paying taxes, commissions, etc.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English skemmyng. See skim, -ing1

skim

[skim] /skɪm/
verb (used with object), skimmed, skimming.
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.
Metallurgy. to remove (slag, scum, or dross) from the surface of molten metal.
10.
Slang.
  1. 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 followed by off):
    The casino skimmed two million a year.
  2. to take, remove, or appropriate for illegal use:
    to skim information from another's credit card.
verb (used without object), skimmed, skimming.
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.
noun
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, especially 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.
21.
Obsolete, scum.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English skymen, skemen, variant of scumen to skim; see scum
Related forms
unskimmed, adjective
Synonyms
5. scan. 12. glance.
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  • It's arguable that the net effect of the dispersants and skimming was approximately zero.
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  • He began skimming the flight deck as if he were on a toboggan.
  • It is as if, after years of skimming a book, doctors could peruse entire chapters.
  • Farther inland, spiritual seekers wrapped in body-skimming sarongs commune in temples.
  • skimming operations were performed as well as storage tank decanting.
  • They were having some difficulty maintaining the weir at the proper depth for efficient skimming operation.
  • Text was also reformatted to allow for easier skimming of pages and to accommodate expanding content.
  • The fluid collected from the skimming system was offloaded directly into the recovery tanks for measurements.
British Dictionary definitions for skimming

skim

/skɪm/
verb skims, skimming, skimmed
1.
(transitive) to remove floating material from the surface of (a liquid), as with a spoon: to skim milk
2.
to glide smoothly or lightly over (a surface)
3.
(transitive) to throw (something) in a path over a surface, so as to bounce or ricochet: to skim stones over water
4.
when intr, usually foll by through. to read (a book) in a superficial or cursory manner
5.
to cover (a liquid) with a thin layer or (of liquid) to become coated in this way, as with ice, scum, etc
noun
6.
the act or process of skimming
7.
material skimmed off a liquid, esp off milk
8.
the liquid left after skimming
9.
any thin layer covering a surface
See also skim off
Word Origin
C15 skimmen, probably from scumen to skim; see scum
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Word Origin and History for skimming

skim

v.

early 15c. (skimmer, the utensil, is attested from late 14c.), "to clear (a liquid) from matter floating on the surface, lift the scum from," from Old French escumer "remove scum," from escume (Modern French écume) "scum," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German scum "scum," German Schaum; see scum). Meaning "to throw (a stone) so as to skip across the surface of (water) is from 1610s. Meaning "to move lightly and rapidly over the surface of" is from 1650s, from the motion involved in skimming liquid; that of "to glance over carelessly" (in reference to printed matter) recorded by 1799. Related: Skimmed; skimming.

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Slang definitions & phrases for skimming

skim

noun

Income not reported for tax purposes, esp from the gross earnings of a gambling casino or other such enterprise; black money: allegedly ''cleansed'' in the neighborhood of $2 million in ''skim,'' untaxed gambling profits/ Caltronics is in on the skim (1960+ Gambling)

verb

: ''appropriate, conceal, and skim'' part of the winnings (1961+ Gambling)


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