AskDefine | Define skimming

Dictionary Definition

skim adj : used of milk and milk products from which the cream has been removed; "yogurt made with skim milk"; "she can drink skimmed milk but should avoid butter" [syn: skimmed]


1 a thin layer covering the surface of a liquid; "there was a thin skim of oil on the water"
2 reading or glancing through quickly [syn: skimming]


1 travel on the surface of water [syn: plane]
2 move or pass swiftly and lightly over the surface of [syn: skim over]
3 examine hastily; "She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi" [syn: scan, rake, glance over, run down]
4 cause to skip over a surface; "Skip a stone across the pond" [syn: skip, skitter]
5 coat (a liquid) with a layer
6 remove from the surface; "skim cream from the surface of milk" [syn: skim off, cream off, cream]
7 read superficially [syn: skim over] [also: skimming, skimmed]skimming


1 the act of removing floating material from the surface of a liquid
2 reading or glancing through quickly [syn: skim]
3 failure to declare income in order to avoid paying taxes on it
4 the act of brushing against while passing [syn: grazing, shaving]skimming See skim

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. present participle of skim

Extensive Definition

Skimming may refer to:
  • a very common form of white-collar theft, skimming refers to taking cash "off the top" of the daily receipts of a business and officially reporting a lower total. The crime may be simple tax evasion, converting the funds to personal use without paying either business or personal income taxes on it, but it may additionally entail the theft of the cash from an employer or business partner.
  • Skimming (credit card fraud)
  • Skimming (liquids), separating one liquid from on top of another
  • Skimming (reading) or speed reading
  • Skimming (snowmobile), hydroplaning a snowmobile
  • Skimming (surfing) or skimboarding, a sport
  • Price skimming, a marketing term
  • Stone skimming, bouncing a stone over water
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