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 for skimming
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Skim \Skim\ (sk[i^]m), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Skimmed (sk[i^]md);
     p. pr. & vb. n. Skimming.] [Cf. Sw. skymma to darken.
     [root]158. See Scum.]
     1. To clear (a liquid) from scum or substance floating or
        lying thereon, by means of a utensil that passes just
        beneath the surface; as, to skim milk; to skim broth.
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     2. To take off by skimming; as, to skim cream.
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     3. To pass near the surface of; to brush the surface of; to
        glide swiftly along the surface of.
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              Homer describes Mercury as flinging himself from the
              top of Olympus, and skimming the surface of the
              ocean.                                --Hazlitt.
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     4. Fig.: To read or examine superficially and rapidly, in
        order to cull the principal facts or thoughts; as, to skim
        a book or a newspaper.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Skimming \Skim"ming\, n.
     1. The act of one who skims.
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     2. That which is skimmed from the surface of a liquid; --
        chiefly used in the plural; as, the skimmings of broth.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

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