verb (used with object), skimmed, skimming.
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.
to clear (liquid) thus: to skim milk.
to move or glide lightly over or along (a surface, as of water): The sailboat skimmed the lake.
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.
to read, study, consider, treat, etc., in a superficial or cursory manner.
to cover, as a liquid, with a thin film or layer: Ice skimmed the lake at night.
to take the best or most available parts or items from: Bargain hunters skimmed the flea markets early in the morning.
to take (the best or most available parts or items) from something: The real bargains had been skimmed by early shoppers.
Metallurgy. to remove (slag, scum, or dross) from the surface of molten metal.
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.
to take, remove, or appropriate for illegal use: to skim information from another's credit card.
verb (used without object), skimmed, skimming.
to pass or glide lightly over or near a surface.
to read, study, consider, etc., something in a superficial or cursory way.
to become covered with a thin film or layer.
Slang. to conceal gambling or other profits so as to avoid paying taxes, etc.; practice skimming.
an act or instance of skimming.
something that is skimmed off.
a thin layer or film formed on the surface of something, especially a liquid, as the coagulated protein material formed on boiled milk.
a thin layer, as of mortar.
Slang. the amount taken or concealed by skimming.
Obsolete, scum.

1375–1425; late Middle English skymen, skemen, variant of scumen to skim; see scum

unskimmed, adjective

5. scan. 12. glance. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
skim (skɪm)
vb (when intr, usually foll by through) , skims, skimming, skimmed
1.  (tr) 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.  (tr) to throw (something) in a path over a surface, so as to bounce or ricochet: to skim stones over water
4.  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
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
[C15 skimmen, probably from scumen to skim; see scum]

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Word Origin & History

c.1420 (skimmer, the utensil, is attested from c.1392), "to clear (a liquid) from matter floating on the surface," from O.Fr. escumer "remove scum," from escume (Fr. écume) "scum," from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. scum "scum," Ger. Schaum; see scum). Hence, skim milk (1596),
from which the cream has been skimmed. Meaning "to glance over carelessly" (in ref. to printed matter) first recorded 1799; that of "to move over lightly and rapidly" is from 1697. Skimmer, the N.Amer. shore bird (1785), so called from its method of feeding.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Computing Dictionary

Skim definition

A Scheme implementation with packages and other enhancements, by Alain Deutsch et al, France.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Example sentences
Remove pan from oven, skim fat, and turn ribs meat side up.
New skim milk and low-fat milk and cream products contain something called
Late in the day, two hot-air balloons skim the dusky sky.
Skim through the comments, however, and you come across an interesting counter
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