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Skim vs Pore - What's the difference?

skim | pore |

As a verb skim

is to pass lightly; to glide along in an even, smooth course; to glide along near the surface.

As an adjective skim

is (of milk) having lowered fat content.

As a noun pore is

fear, dread.




  • To pass lightly; to glide along in an even, smooth course; to glide along near the surface.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain, / Flies o'er the unbending corn, and skims along the main.
  • To pass near the surface of; to brush the surface of; to glide swiftly along the surface of.
  • * Hazlitt
  • Homer describes Mercury as flinging himself from the top of Olympus, and skimming the surface of the ocean.
  • To hasten along with superficial attention.
  • * I. Watts
  • They skim over a science in a very superficial survey.
  • To put on a finishing coat of plaster.
  • to throw an object so it bounces on water (skimming stones )
  • to ricochet
  • to read quickly, skipping some detail
  • I skimmed the newspaper over breakfast.
  • to scrape off; to remove (something) from a surface
  • to clear (a liquid) from scum or substance floating or lying on it, by means of a utensil that passes just beneath the surface.
  • to skim''' milk; to '''skim broth
  • to clear a liquid from (scum or substance floating or lying on it), especially the cream that floats on top of fresh milk
  • to skim cream

    Derived terms

    * skim through * skim over * skim off * skimmed milk * skimmer * semi-skimmed


  • (of milk) Having lowered fat content.
  • Derived terms

    * skim milk



    (wikipedia pore)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) pouren, from (etyl), from (etyl) porus, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A tiny opening in the skin.
  • By extension any small opening or interstice, especially one of many or allowing passage of a fluid.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) poren, pouren, . See (l).


  • to study meticulously; to go over again and again.
  • to meditate or reflect in a steady way.
  • Derived terms
    * pore over


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