Adjective "Skimmed" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Remove (a substance) from the surface of a liquid.
  1. 'When this happens, skim off any foam that has risen to the surface.'
  2. 'First, the survey found, the local governor skimmed off 40 percent.'
  3. 'Chill when done, skim off the fat on top the next morning.'
  4. 'After we have cooked anything in the masterstock we strain it, return it to the boil for two more minutes while skimming off any impurities.'
  5. 'American Indians enjoyed the whole and ground nuts as well as the oil they skimmed from a pot of boiling peanuts.'
  6. 'Refrigerate, skimming off any fat after an hour or so.'
  7. 'However, for an untold number of years the Indians had skimmed oil from the surface of streams and ponds.'
  8. 'Simmer for five minutes before skimming off any scummy bits gathered on the surface.'
  9. 'To serve, skim off the fat and simmer for an hour.'
  10. 'Once a cleanup team has contained the oil, it can attempt to skim it off the surface of the water.'
  11. 'Bring to the boil, skim, then turn down the heat and barely simmer for at least two hours.'
  12. 'Cover with cold water and bring to the boil, skimming.'
  13. 'Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, skimming often.'
  14. 'Add cold water almost to cover and bring slowly to the boil, skimming if necessary.'
  15. 'She skimmed the bubbling surface for the burnt sugar and carried it across the kitchen to the sink, went back and stirred again, more burnt sugar.'
  16. 'When cookbooks talk about stock, they often imply that the worst mistake you can make is letting it boil or not skimming often enough.'
  17. 'I wouldn't be surprised if he skimmed a little off the top.'
  18. 'So I started to skim some money off the top, sending it down here to Mitch for the bar.'
  19. 'We're betting that's your future - and remember the special function that allows the holder of the pool to skim a little off the top.'
  20. 'The difference is, any capital that goes into Cuba gets skimmed off, for a better word, to the Cuban government.'
  21. 'Tens of millions of pounds have been skimmed off compensation payments to sick ex-miners by rogue solicitors, it was claimed last night.'
  22. 'Colleagues said he stole medical supplies and skimmed profits from hospital contracts.'
  23. 'I know she's not the brightest, but she is from Fife and they know all about skimming public money there, don't they?'
  24. 'Atong claimed I was skimming the money I was collecting for the president.'
  25. 'And the money can be lost, stolen, or skimmed off the top by the pool's organizer.'
Go or move quickly and lightly over or on a surface or through the air.
  1. 'Then it was off, skimming across a glasslike surface leaving a creamy white trail behind us.'
  2. 'This can make life superficial, lived on the surface like the ice-skater skimming at speed but with no depth.'
  3. 'They fired again and the beams just skimmed past the girl's shoulder.'
  4. 'Tory froze, fingertips still skimming in the water.'
  5. 'When I opened my eyes, we were dancing on ice - skating, flying, skimming across the mirrored surface.'
  6. 'We skim past Joe who's given up and is drinking a beer with Trin and Lucy on the seats.'
  7. 'Snowy herons skimmed low over the water, and choruses of warbling frogs emanated from clusters of lily pads.'
  8. 'The bullet entered his left thigh, skimmed past the kneecap and came out the upper calf on the opposite side of the leg.'
  9. 'To drink, these graceful birds skim low over the surface scooping water with open mouths.'
  10. 'The clouds were skimming lower than usual, but other than that, the sky was clear.'
  11. 'we stood on the bridge, watching swallows skimming the water'
  12. 'The ball skimmed the dirt which means it was no longer in flight to make a legal catch.'
  13. '"I can't help it, " he whispered back, his fingers lightly skimming the curve of my neck.'
  14. 'Kirkby actually came closest to scoring when a thunderous long-range effort from Steve Chapman skimmed the crossbar.'
  15. 'Over the fast blue waters of the Harrison we blasted up the river, skimming the surface at high speed, skipping lightly over submerged sand bars.'
  16. 'I have barely skimmed the surface of this fascinating volume of essays.'
  17. 'A flight of Broadwings skimmed the surface of the water.'
  18. 'Suddenly, instead of skimming the glassy surface, you could be struggling with the deep, dark world of potential disaster.'
  19. 'And that's just skimming the surface of the ' leftist ' propaganda out there.'
  20. 'he bent to pick up a small pebble, skimming it across the glittering water'
  21. 'It feels like a great hand has suddenly grabbed hold and flung you across the surface like a skimming stone.'
  22. 'And finally, a French physicist has come up with a mathematical formula for skimming stones on water.'
  23. 'Down at the water's edge I taught my daughters to skim stones.'
  24. 'At one point I was skimming stones into the mist, and I couldn't tell how many jumps they'd made as I'd lost contact.'
  25. 'That is to say nothing of the cerebral challenges in finding the most unlikely-looking stone to successfully skim.'
Read (something) quickly so as to note only the important points.
  1. no object 'she skimmed through the newspaper'
  2. 'Your eyes skim past the Web listings that invite you to visit the company online.'
  3. 'All this is irrelevant because the little bit I skimmed bored me, so I decided to stop and talk about myself.'
  4. 'When writing about an author, it's often helpful to at least skim through his latest book.'
  5. 'She skimmed quickly, knowing that her time was likely growing shorter.'
  6. 'He skimmed down the page, only looking quickly at it.'
  7. 'I skimmed down the page then quickly tried a site.'
  8. 'Her fingertips brushed along the pages as she started to skim through the book.'
  9. 'She handed the bright colored flyer to Liam, which he quickly unfolded and skimmed.'
  10. 'I skimmed ahead and noticed that these footnotes soon end.'
  11. 'she skimmed over her meeting with Roger—it had suddenly become rather difficult to speak of him'
  12. 'But it skims over Empire and Jedi to a certain extent and as the review says dissolves into some repetitive rah-rah about Lucas.'
  13. 'But the media simply skimmed over that subject.'
  14. 'The movie is preoccupied with the notion of an ethereal ‘fated’ love (as many romances are) and skims over any solid discussion.'
  15. 'Unfortunately, the problems Mike has had to deal with are skimmed over in a hastily produced final chapter.'
  16. 'Blackden succeeds in sticking to his promise of covering the more interesting cases in detail rather than skimming over a lot of cases.'


A thin layer of a substance on the surface of a liquid.
  1. 'Bream and pike play in its chill current, swooping birds scoop insects at its skim.'
  2. 'The greens are perfect but the fairways have a skim of water all over them.'
  3. 'He rocks the boat under his feet so we bob and toss through the green skim of milfoil.'
  4. 'For your paint, add a skim of water (latex paint) or mineral spirits (oil-based paint), then seal the can or bucket.'
An act of reading something quickly or superficially.
  1. 'I still have the print version somewhere, but it's one of those things you don't take out for a light skim.'
  2. 'But a skim does not do justice to the double-barreled implications of these two reports.'
  3. 'A brief skim suggests that this is a pretty broad ruling, although unfortunately I don't think I'll have time to blog more on the details.'
  4. 'A quick skim through Haines' back catalog yields more fizzy bile.'
  5. 'Even at first skim, what becomes abundantly ambiguous is the question of whether crisis is a state of objective being or a mode of engagement.'
  6. 'He put the sheet aside after he'd given it a quick skim, ‘Well that seems fine, you obviously worked well last summer.’'

More definitions

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,

More examples(as adjective)

"milks can be skimmed."

"powders can be skimmed."

"prices can be skimmed."

"cows can be skimmed."

"allowances can be skimmed."

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(skim)Middle English (in the sense ‘remove scum from (a liquid)’): back-formation from skimmer, or from Old French escumer, from escume ‘scum, foam’.