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present participle skimming past tense, past participle skimmed
American English: /skɪm/
British English: /skɪm/

Translation of skim in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (Cooking)
    to skim something off somethingskim the fat off the stock
    quítele la grasa al caldo
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    • Things were going well - I skimmed the surface until it was clear, added the rice until it was soft and then added the vegetables to give it delicious flavour.
    • Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, skimming often.
  • 2 2.1 (glide over)
    pasar casi rozando
    the ducks skimmed the surface of the pond
    los patos volaron casi rozando la superficie del estanque
    he did no more than skim the surface of the problem
    no hizo más que tocar el problema muy por encima
    Example sentences
    • ‘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.
    Example sentences
    • 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 (throw) to skim stones
    Example sentences
    • Imagine landing a plane or skimming a flat rock across a body of water.
    • Down at the water's edge I taught my daughters to skim stones.
    • She hunkered down for a stone and skimmed it along the water.
  • 3 (read quickly)
    leer por encima
    echarle una ojeada or un vistazo a
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 4 (Finance)
    (credit card/debit card)

intransitive verb

  • 1 (glide) the speedboat skimmed over the sea
    la lancha apenas rozaba la superficie del mar
  • 2 (read quickly)
    leer por encima
    my eye skimmed down the page
    le eché una ojeada or un vistazo a la página
    to skim through something
    leer algo por encima
    echarle una ojeada or un vistazo a algo
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