skim

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Verb[change]

Plain form
skim

Third-person singular
skims

Past tense
skimmed

Past participle
skimmed

Present participle
skimming

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you skim something, you move quickly and lightly near the surface.
    Seabirds usually skim the surface of the sea for food.
    A bird skimming the surface of the sea for food.
  2. If you skim something, you remove a substance from the surface of a liquid.
    You must skim off the foam from the surface of the soup for it to be clear.
    Foam skimmed off the soup.

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