skim

/skim/, v., skimmed, skimming, n.
v.t.
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. Metall. to remove (slag, scum, or dross) from the surface of molten metal.
10. Slang.
a. 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 fol. by off): The casino skimmed two million a year.
b. to take, remove, or appropriate for illegal use: to skim information from another's credit card.
v.i.
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.
n.
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, esp. 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. See skim milk.
21. Obs. scum.
[1375-1425; late ME skymen, skemen, var. of scumen to skim; see SCUM]
Syn. 5. scan. 12. glance.

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