skim /skɪm/ verb (skimmed, skimming) 1 [transitiveT]REMOVE to remove something from the surface of a liquid, especially floating fat, solids, or oil 撇去〔液体表面的浮油或固体物质〕 skim something off/from something After simmering the meat, skim the fat from the surface.
2 [intransitiveI, transitiveT]READ to read something quickly to find the main facts or ideas in it 略读，浏览〔以找出主要信息〕 SYN scan Julie skimmed the sports page.
skim through/over Just skim through the second section to save time.
3 [intransitiveI, transitiveT]TOUCH to move along quickly over a surface, never touching it or not touching it often 掠过，擦过 seagulls skimming the waves
skim over/along/across The ball skimmed across the grass and stopped against the wall.
4. skim stones/pebbles etc British EnglishBrETHROW to throw smooth flat stones into a lake, river etc in a way that makes them jump across the surface 打水漂 SYN American English skip
skim stones/pebbles etc• Small boys skim stones across the surface of the river.
n5. [transitiveT] to secretly record the details of someone’s credit card electronically in order to use them illegally 6 skim somebody/something ↔ off phrasal verbphr v a) TAKE something FROM somebodyto take the best people or the best part of something for yourself 挑走〔最优秀的人〕；选取〔精华〕 Professional sport skims off all the best players.
b) to take money illegally or dishonestly 捞走〔钱〕 For years his business partner had been skimming off the profits.