verbo (skims, skimming, skimmed)
- 1 [with object] Remove (a substance) from the surface of a liquid: as the scum rises, skim it offMás ejemplos en oraciones
remove, cream off, scoop off
- My mother would skim the cream off the soured milk and store it until she had a quart jar of soured cream.
- However, for an untold number of years the Indians had skimmed oil from the surface of streams and ponds.
- This can then be skimmed from the surface and removed with a suction tube.
- 1.1Remove a substance from the surface of (a liquid): bring to the boil, then skim it to remove any foamMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Reduce to two cups of liquid, skimming as needed.
- When cookbooks talk about stock, they often imply that the worst mistake you can make is letting it boil or not skimming often enough.
- Cover with cold water and bring to the boil, skimming.
- 1.2 • informal Steal or embezzle (money), especially in small amounts over a period of time: she was skimming money from the household kittyMás ejemplos en oraciones
- By reducing the quality of your ingredients, you can skim some money off the top with a minimal sacrifice in quality.
- And, now they've been made into kind of these big monopolies that are skimming enormous amounts of money.
- Less money would be skimmed off the price of food by corporate middlemen, and far more would remain in the hands of farmers.
- 2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Go or move quickly and lightly over or on a surface or through the air: he let his fingers skim across her shouldersMás ejemplos en oraciones
- ‘She's cold as ice,’ Blake agreed lazily, the fleshy pad of his thumb skimming lightly over her lower lip.
- She gazed back at Sharpie's fingers as they skimmed lightly over the plastic keys.
- And the dog skims low over the surface grabbing the ball before it bounces twice, before it travels beyond the second wave.
- 2.1 [with object] Pass over (a surface), nearly or lightly touching it in the process: we stood on the bridge, watching swallows skimming the waterMás ejemplos en oraciones
- 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.
- Sharlotte had her hand trailing in the water, her fingers skimming the bubbling surface.
- Here, we skim the nightscape surface, never getting too close to its image, but never losing sight of it.
- 2.2 [with object] Throw (a flat stone) low over an expanse of water so that it bounces on the surface several times.
- 2.3 [with object] Read (something) quickly or cursorily so as to note only the important points: he sat down and skimmed the report [no object]: she skimmed through the newspaperMás ejemplos en oraciones
- She let her eyes skim the page, not really reading it, until she got to verse thirty-nine.
- Lacey reached forward and took it, her eyes briefly skimming over the first few pages.
- When writing about an author, it's often helpful to at least skim through his latest book.
- 2.4 (skim over) Deal with or treat (a subject) briefly or superficially.Más ejemplos en oraciones
- Why would they treat this sultana in such a fashion whereas their counterparts briefly skimmed over her career?
- As a conversationalist, Birkin is a whirlwind, skimming over subjects, lifting them up, reshaping them utterly before throwing them back down.
- But the media simply skimmed over that subject.
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- 1A thin layer of a substance on the surface of a liquid: a skim of iceMás ejemplos en oraciones
- The greens are perfect but the fairways have a skim of water all over them.
- For your paint, add a skim of water (latex paint) or mineral spirits (oil-based paint), then seal the can or bucket.
- We followed a creek into the woods, walking in its thin skim of water.
- 2An act of reading something quickly or superficially: a quick skim through the pamphletMás ejemplos en oraciones
- I just quickly did a little skim through the OZ's website and they are STILL carping on about Media Watch over there.
- A quick skim through Haines' back catalog yields more fizzy bile.
- A quick skim through the list of attendees also suggests the mainstream press will be here, too.
Middle English (in the sense 'remove scum from (a liquid)'): back-formation from skimmer, or from Old French escumer, from escume 'scum, foam'.