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SKIM (skimmed, skimming)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does skim mean? 

SKIM (noun)
  The noun SKIM has 2 senses:

1. a thin layer covering the surface of a liquid
2. reading or glancing through quickly

  Familiarity information: SKIM used as a noun is rare.


SKIM (adjective)
  The adjective SKIM has 1 sense:

1. used of milk and milk products from which the cream has been removed

  Familiarity information: SKIM used as an adjective is very rare.


SKIM (verb)
  The verb SKIM has 7 senses:

1. travel on the surface of water
2. move or pass swiftly and lightly over the surface of
3. examine hastily
4. cause to skip over a surface
5. coat (a liquid) with a layer
6. remove from the surface
7. read superficially

  Familiarity information: SKIM used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SKIM (noun)


Sense 1skim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A thin layer covering the surface of a liquid

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Context example:

there was a thin skim of oil on the water

Hypernyms ("skim" is a kind of...):

cover; covering; natural covering (a natural object that covers or envelops)


Sense 2skim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reading or glancing through quickly

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

skim; skimming

Hypernyms ("skim" is a kind of...):

reading (the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message)


SKIM (adjective)


Sense 1skim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Used of milk and milk products from which the cream has been removed

Synonyms:

skim; skimmed

Context examples:

yogurt made with skim milk / she can drink skimmed milk but should avoid butter

Similar:

fat-free; fatless; nonfat (without fat or fat solids)


SKIM (verb)


Sense 1skim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Travel on the surface of water

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

skim; plane

Hypernyms (to "skim" is one way to...):

glide (move smoothly and effortlessly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "skim"):

aquaplane (ride on an aquaplane)

aquaplane (rise up onto a thin film of water between the tires and road so that there is no more contact with the road)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 2skim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move or pass swiftly and lightly over the surface of

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

skim over; skim

Hypernyms (to "skim" is one way to...):

touch (make physical contact with, come in contact with)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3skim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Examine hastily

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

glance over; scan; skim; rake; run down

Context example:

She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi

Hypernyms (to "skim" is one way to...):

examine; see (observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4skim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to skip over a surface

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

skitter; skim; skip

Context example:

Skip a stone across the pond

Hypernyms (to "skim" is one way to...):

throw (project through the air)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 5skim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Coat (a liquid) with a layer

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "skim" is one way to...):

coat; surface (put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 6skim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove from the surface

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

cream off; skim off; cream; skim

Context example:

skim cream from the surface of milk

Hypernyms (to "skim" is one way to...):

remove; take; take away; withdraw (remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Also:

skim off (pick the best)


Sense 7skim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Read superficially

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

skim over; skim

Hypernyms (to "skim" is one way to...):

read (interpret something that is written or printed)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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