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Definition of "skimmer" [skim•mer]

  • One that skims, such as a large perforated spoon used in skimming liquids. (noun)
  • A light, usually straw hat with a stiff wide brim and a flat shallow crown. (noun)
  • Any of several chiefly coastal birds of the genus Rynchops, having long narrow wings and a long bill with a longer lower mandible for skimming the water's surface for food. (noun)
  • A black skimmer. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "skimmer" in a sentence
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  • "A skimmer is a piece of equipment dragged by a ship to corral surface oil so that it can be burned or vacuumed up."
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