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English definition of “skim”

skim

verb (MOVE ABOVE)    /skɪm/ (-mm-)
[I or T] to move quickly just above a surface without touching it: The birds skimmed (across/along/over) the tops of the waves.Movement through the airAviationTravelling by aircraft [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.Movement through the airAviationTravelling by aircraft
(Definition of skim verb (MOVE ABOVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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