a person or thing that skims.
a shallow utensil, usually perforated, used in skimming liquids.
any of several gull-like birds of the family Rynchopidae, that skim the water with the elongated lower mandible immersed while in search of food.
a stiff, wide-brimmed hat with a shallow flat crown, usually made of straw.
a woman's A-line dress with side darts that shape it slightly to the body.

1350–1400; skim + -er1; replacing Middle English skemour, skymour, variant of schumour < Middle French (e)scumoir ladle for skimming; see scum Unabridged
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skimmer (ˈskɪmə)
1.  a person or thing that skims
2.  any of several mainly tropical coastal aquatic birds of the genus Rhynchops, having long narrow wings and a bill with an elongated lower mandible for skimming food from the surface of the water: family Rynchopidae, order Charadriiformes
3.  a flat perforated spoon used for skimming fat from liquids

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Example sentences
We started working together to build a prototype of the marine particle
  skimmer, a device to pick up small particles of plastic.
Blanch for four minutes and transfer to the ice water with a slotted spoon or
Place a crouton in each bowl and, using a skimmer or a slotted spoon, scoop out
  a poached egg and place it on top.
Skimmer vessels are typically used to clean broad areas of open water.
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