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skim

verb uk   /skɪm/ (-mm-) us  

skim verb (MOVE ABOVE)

[I or T] to move quickly just above a surface without touching it: The birds skimmed (across/along/over) the tops of the waves. [T] UK ( US skip) to throw a flat stone horizontally over water so that it touches and rises off the surface several times: We watched a child skimming stones across the lake.

skim verb (CONSIDER QUICKLY)

[I or T] to read or consider something quickly in order to understand the main points, without studying it in detail: I've only skimmed (through/over) his letter; I haven't read it carefully yet. We've only skimmed the surface of (= considered a small part of) the problem.

skim verb (REMOVE)

[T] to remove something solid from the surface of a liquid: Strain the cooking liquid and skim off the fat.

skim verb (STEAL)

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(Definition of skim from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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