skimmings

skimming

[skim-ing]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English skemmyng. See skim, -ing1

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skimmings (ˈskɪmɪŋz)
 
pl n
1.  material that is skimmed off a liquid
2.  the froth containing concentrated ore removed during a flotation process
3.  slag, scum, or impurities removed from molten metals

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skim
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.
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