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English adjective: skim

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

SamplesYogurt made with skim milk.
She can drink skimmed milk but should avoid butter.


Similarfat-free, fatless, nonfat

Antonymsfatty, fat

English noun: skim

1. skim (object) a thin layer covering the surface of a liquid

SamplesThere was a thin skim of oil on the water.

Broader (hypernym)cover, covering, natural covering

2. skim (communication) reading or glancing through quickly


Broader (hypernym)reading

English verb: skim

1. skim (motion) travel on the surface of water


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)glide

Narrower (hyponym)aquaplane, aquaplane

2. skim (contact) move or pass swiftly and lightly over the surface of

Synonymsskim over

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)touch

3. skim (perception) examine hastily

SamplesShe scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi.

Synonymsglance over, rake, run down, scan

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)examine, see

4. skim (contact) cause to skip over a surface

SamplesSkip a stone across the pond.

Synonymsskip, skitter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)throw

5. skim (contact) coat (a liquid) with a layer

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)coat, surface

6. skim (contact) remove from the surface

SamplesSkim cream from the surface of milk.

Synonymscream, cream off, skim off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

7. skim (cognition) read superficially

Synonymsskim over

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)read

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